James K. Zimmerman

Senior Producer

B.B.A., Business Administration, Marketing

Research Specialties: 

Jazz Vocalists


Current Projects:

  • 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.
  • Coordinator, 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: Contributer to Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program:

  • Interviewed vocalists Jon Hendricks, Oscar Brown Jr., and Bill Henderson.
  • Coordinated interviews with tap dancer Jeni LeGon, and Bobby Tucker, musical director for vocalists Billie Holiday and Billy Eckstine.
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • Smithsonian Institution Performance Award, 2002-03
  • The District of Columbia Mayor's Arts Award, 2002, for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, to the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Professional Affiliations: 

International Association for Jazz Education, Vice President, Washington, D.C. Chapter


"Smithsonian Institute Preserves Jazz Heritage," International Musician: Official Journal of The American Federation of Musicians of The United States and Canada. New York: April 2004.

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.

Tribute to a Generation: A Salute to the Big Bands of the WWII Era, featuring the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, producer for the compact disc. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, May 2004.