Profile

Kennith R. Kimery

Executive Producer, Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Supervisory Producer, American Music History Initiatives

Heidelberg High School, West Germany
San Diego State University

Research Specialties 

Jazz History

Projects 

Current Projects:

  • Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
  • Jazz Oral History Program
  • Jazz Masterworks Editions
  • Music Acquisition Group

Past Projects:

  • 1999: Interviewed jazz bassist and jazz legend William “Keter” Betts for Jazz Oral History Program
  • 1998: Collected drummer/jazz legend Ray McKinley’s artifacts for National Museum of American History’s Archives Center and Division of Cultural History
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition 
  • 2002 Panelist for The Jazz Museum in Harlem Planning Conference
  • 2000 Officer for International Association for Jazz Education, Washington, D.C. Unit
  • 1999 Unsung Hero Award, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History
Professional Affiliations 
  • International Association for Jazz Education
  • Blues Alley Jazz Society
  • Jazz Museum in Harlem
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • Institute of Jazz Studies

Publications

Essential Jazz Editions: Set #4: Music of the 1930s, Part II

Essential Jazz Editions (EJE) is a series of scores for jazz ensembles transcribed from classic jazz recordings. Each original transcription includes historical and performance notes. This project was conceived jointly by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and the Music Division, Library of Congress.

Set #4 includes: Avalon, Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra; Sweet Sue, Just You, Don Redman & His Orchestra; Swingtime in the Rockies, Benny Goodman & His Orchestra; King Porter Stomp, Benny Goodman & His Orchestra; and South Rampart Street Parade, Bob Crosby & His Orchestra.

Essential Jazz Editions, Set #3: Music of the 30's, Part I (cellist). The Castle Trio. Smithsonian Collection of Recordings ND 034, 1988.

Essential Jazz Editions (EJE) is a series of scores for jazz ensembles transcribed from classic jazz recordings. Each original transcription includes historical and performance notes. This project was conceived jointly by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and the Music Division, Library of Congress.

Set #3 includes: From A_Flat to C, John Kirby Sextet; For Dancers Only, Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra; Big Jim Blues, Andy Kirk & His 12 Clouds of Joyl; Lonesome Road, Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra; and Symphony in Riffs, Benny Carter & His Orchestra.

Essential Jazz Editions, Set #2: Louis Armstrong, 1926–1929

Essential Jazz Editions (EJE) is a series of scores for jazz ensembles transcribed from classic jazz recordings. Each original transcription includes historical and performance notes. This project was conceived jointly by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and the Music Division, Library of Congress.

Set #2 includes: Cornet Chop Suey, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five; Hotter Than That, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five; West End Blues, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five; Tight Like This, Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five; and Mahogany Hall Stomp, Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five.

Essential Jazz Editions: Set #1, New Orleans Jazz, 1918–1927

Essential Jazz Editions (EJE) is a series of scores for jazz ensembles transcribed from classic jazz recordings. Each original transcription includes historical and performance notes. This project was conceived jointly by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and the Music Division, Library of Congress.

Set #1 includes: Black Bottom Stomp, Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers; The Chant, Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers; Grandpa's Spells, Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers; Tiger Rag (Hold That Tiger), the Original Dixieland Jazz Band; and Potato Head Blues, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven.