Grammy-nominated Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra performed a special concert to celebrate their new CD recording of Artistry, a tribute to legendary big band leader Stan Kenton and his Neophonic Orchestra. Combining the sounds of large ensemble jazz with symphonic colors and textures, The concert was held at downtown Los Angeles’ REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm. Led by saxophone soloist Kim Richmond, the 24-piece orchestra, featured expansive instrumentation that included five woodwinds, four trumpets, four trombones, two French horns, Latin percussion and more, plays from its latest release, Artistry, an evening of free-swinging improvisation payed homage to “Kentonesque” jazz and Latin-style compositions, the size and scope of the master’s kinetic orchestration, rightfully known to music historians as the original “Wall of Sound.” Hubert Laws, soloist flutist, was the special guest artist.
Richmond, born in Champaign, Illinois is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He founded the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra in southern California to perform his own works. Additionally, he has worked extensively as a session musician, arranger, director, and conductor for studios and popular musicians.
He played multiple instruments such as the piano, clarinet, and saxophone in his youth and made his professional debut in 1956. He studied at the University of Illinois in the early 1960s and soon after played in the Air Force big band, Airmen of Note, while serving from 1963-67 in Washington D.C.. He then moved to California and played with Stan Kenton (1967), Clare Fischer (1968), Louie Bellson (1969-72), Lalo Schifrin (1979), Bob Florence (1979), Les Brown (1989), Bill Holman (1990), Vinny Golia (1991), Johnny Mandel, Chris Walden and Clay Jenkins among many others. (1990s). Richmond also arranged professionally from the 1960s, for Schifrin, Buddy Rich, and Ernie Watts among others.
It was an evening free-swinging improvisation much enjoyed by media and friends in the audience.
Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra features:
Kim Richmond, leader, composer/arranger, alto saxophone
Woodwinds: Alex Budman, Bob Crosby, Glen Berger, Sean Franz, Bob Carr
Trumpets: Bob O'Donnell, Ron King, Steve Huffsteter, Brian Swartz
French horns: John Dickson, Stephanie O'keefe
Trombones: Scott Whitfield, Joey Sellers, George McMullen, Craig Gosnell
Tuba: Bill Roper
Rhythm section: Tom Hynes, guitar; Andy Langham, piano; Trey Henry, bass; Ralph Razze, drums; Dave Johnson, Scott Breadman, percussion
plus Hubert Laws, flute soloist