An essay on the history and importance of the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program and other components of the collections and work of the Smithsonian and the National Museum of American History to preserve and promote America's jazz legacy.
James K. Zimmerman
B.B.A., Business Administration, Marketing
University of the District of Columbia
Johnson C. Smith University
American Music, Jazz History, and Jazz Vocalists
Producer of public programs, and music programs.
2014-15, Star-Spangled Music Series
- Conceived and produced, Louis Armstrong Education Kit. Supported by a grant from the Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Education, this kit is designed to guide teachers in instructing their students about the life of Louis Armstrong.
Past Projects: Contributor to Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program:
li>Advisor, Film Documentary on Oscar Brown Jr., Music Is Life, Politics My Mistress. This film examines the life of artist Oscar Brown Jr. who's artistic disciplines include,vocal performance, composition, theatre, and and poetry.
Initiated collection acquisition - tap dancer/film actress Jeni LeGon, 2003
Initiated collection acquisition - , pianist, arranger, artistic director, Bobby Tucker, 2008
Initiated collection acquisition - drum set of Gene Krupa (Schinella/Hay), 2009
2005, SJMO Residency at Manchester Craftsmen Guild, Pittsburgh, PA
The District of Columbia Mayor's Arts Award, 2002, for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, to the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
2008 Artistic Fellowship, DC Commission on the Arts (DCCAH)
2008, City Arts Grant Award (DCCAH), Performance of Storytellers and Crooners
2012, Community Arts Project Grant Award, (DCCAH), Jon Hendricks: Vocalese Jazz Messenger
2014, City Arts Project Grant Award (DCCAH), Cultural Hero: The Musical World of Oscar Brown,
2014 Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation Staff Grant, to interview Jon Hendricks
2015 Grant Award from Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation to support Lemelson Center Project
International Association for Jazz Education, Vice President, Washington, D.C. Chapter
International Association for Jazz Education, President, Washington, D.C. Chapter