Frank Kimbrough, piano

Pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough has been active on New York’s jazz scene for nearly 30 years. He is currently a Palmetto Records artist, with previous recordings as a leader for OmniTone, Soul Note, and Mapleshade, and nearly 50 more as a sideman. His latest CD is “Rumors”, with bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Jeff Hirshfield. His previous trio CD, “Play”, with Masa Kamaguchi and Paul Motian, was released in May 2006. It was named one of the top 10 CDs of 2006 by the Wall Street JournalNew York Newsday, and the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). Air. His solo piano debut on Palmetto, features original compositions and was named as one of the top 10 jazz releases of 2008 by Slate magazine. His playing has been cited by the Downbeat Critics Poll each year since 2001.

Mr. Kimbrough is currently on the jazz studies faculty at the Juilliard School, and previously taught at the New School University and New York University. He is a founding member and composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective (1992–2005), a not-for-profit, musician-run organization dedicated to presenting original works by its resident and guest composers.

He has played with the Maria Schneider Orchestra since 1993, and is prominently featured on her Grammy-winning CD Concert in the Garden. He’s toured and recorded with saxophone legend Dewey Redman, vocalist Kendra Shank, and with fellow JCC composers-in-residence Ben Allison, Ted Nash, Michael Blake, and Ron Horton, among others.