A mainstay on the Southern California jazz scene for three decades, reed player Kim Richmond is a supremely versatile musician who has also worked extensively as an arranger and composer. He’s toured and recorded as a member of numerous jazz orchestras, from the exploratory free improv of Vinny Golia and the brass heavy thunder of Stan Kenton to the relentless swing of Louis Bellson and the vigorously inventive charts of Bill Holman.
Richmond has assembled the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra as a workshop for his writing and conducting, and regularly attracts some of the region’s finest players. The ensemble’s latest incarnation includes five woodwinds, four trumpets, two French horns, four trombones, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and percussion. The music is as diverse as one would expect from the well-traveled Richmond, encompassing avant-garde forays, straight-ahead swingers, and lustrous ballads.
When: Monday, February 28
Shows at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Where: Typhoon Restaurant
3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, 2nd Floor Santa Monica
Cost: No cover charge. Reservations suggested.
Jazz Pick of the Week is written by Andrew Gilbert. Andy is my brother and a prolific freelance writer whose primary focus is Jazz. You can find his articles in the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, JazzTimes and many other publications. He will periodically contribute other articles to Curating Los Angeles and share his expertise and passion for the southland Jazz scene.