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Kimbrough, Frank (Frank Marshall Kimbrough Jr.)

Kimbrough, Frank (Frank Marshall Kimbrough Jr.), piano; b. Roxboro, NC, 2 November 1956. His father, Frank Kimbrough, Sr. (b. April 27, 1931, Salisbury, NC) was a florist who also played violin and sang. His mother, Katie Lee Currin Kimbrough  (b. August 15, 1933, Roxboro, NC) was a pianist, organist, and piano teacher who also played viola and sang. He has four brothers, all born in Roxboro, NC: Conrad  (b.1958; plays trumpet and other brass instruments, does horn repair), Mark (b. 1960), Edwin (b. 1962; plays trumpet, band director at Page High School, Greensboro, NC), and David (b. 1963).

Frankbegan playing by ear at age 3, began lessons at age 7.  He studied with Al Foy and Mabel Woods (mother's teacher) through high school.  Also played percussion in high school band, jazz band, and as an accompanist for chorus. He was a church organist from 1968 - 1975.  Played in local bands beginning at age 12.  Studied piano, theory at Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) from 1975 - 77, 78; Arizona State University (late 1977).  Played in jazz ensembles, local groups.  Left school in and moved to Chapel Hill, NC.  Formed a trio, and played regionally.  Moved with the trio to Washington, DC. He worked locally with Maurice Robertson, Webster Young, and received encouragement from Shirley Horn. 

He moved to NYC in the fall. His mentors in NYC were Andrew Hill and Paul Bley.  He worked mainly solo. He played at The Village Corner in Greenwich Village 1985 - 1990.  Also became interested in Herbie Nichols' music and began transcribing and playing his compositions, leading later to the Herbie Nichols Project, which he currently co-leads with Ben Allison.  Allison founded the Jazz Composers Collective in 1992, with Kimbrough as a co-founder.  The Jazz Composers Collective is a non-profit organization that presents new work by its resident composers and guest composers.  In its first 10-years, the JCC has produced nearly 100 concerts with participation of over 150 musicians, resulting in the premiere performances of over 300 new compositions.  He has led his own groups during this time, most notably his Noumena quartet with guitarist Ben Monder, saxophonist Scott Robinson ans drummer Tony Moreno; and his trio with Ben Allison and Jeff Ballard.  He also maintains a duo with vibist Joe Locke.  Within the Collective, he has played in Ben Allison's Medicine Wheel and Peace Pipe groups; Michael Blake's Free Association and Elevated Quartet, Ted Nash's Quartet and Double Quartet +1, Ron Horton quartet, Lennie Tristano Lagacy, the Collective Big Band, and Ron Horton's big band playing the music of Andrew Hill. 

Members of the JCC have recorded 18 CDs, and some of its groups have toured extensively in the US and Europe.  Outside the Collective, Kimbrough has played with the Maria Schneider Orchestra since 1993, when she began what became a 5-year residency at Visiones in New Yorkx Greenwich Village.  He participated in her collaboration with the Pilobolus Dance Company at the American Dance Festival, and at the Kennedy Center.  He has also toured extensively with the Orchestra, appearing at major festivals in the US, Europe, and Asia.  He also plays frequently with saxophonist Rick Margitza, and with vocalists Kendra Shank and Judi Silvano.  He served on the adjunct faculty of New York University from 1996-2001, teaching jazz piano, ensembles, and improvisation, and has held workshops and master classes in the US and Europe.

He is married to Mary Anne deProphetis, a singer and composer (married April, 1989).

Recordings:
Star-Crossed Lovers (1986); Frank Kimbrough/Steve Williams: Double Vision (1987);
Lonely Woman (1988); Herbie Nichols Project: Love Is Proximity (1995, 96); Frank Kimbrough/Joe Locke: Saturn's Child (1997), Noumena (1997); Herbie Nichols Project: Dr. Cyclopseam (1999); Todd Wright/Frank Kimbrough: Reflections (2000); Ron Brendle/Frank Kimbrough: Autumn (2000); Frank Kimbrough/Joe Locke: The Willow (2001); Herbie Nichols Project: Strange City (2001)
As sideperson:
Ted Nash Quartet: Out Of This World (1991); Windmill Saxophone Quartet: A Touch of Evil (1992, unauthorized), Chant (1992, 1997); Ron Brendle: Hypermobility (1993); Charlie Caranicas/Bob Parsons Quintet: Green Chimneys (1994); Ben Allison: Seven Arrows (1995, 96); Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra: Coming About (1995); Igor Butman: Nostalgie (1997); Marian McPartland: An NPR Jazz Christmas with Marian McPartland and Friends (1997); Rich Perry: Left Alone (1997); Ben Allison: Medicine Wheel (1997); Diane Hubka: Haven't We Met (1997); Kendra Shank: Wish (1998); Michael Blake: Drift (1998, 99); Quickening: (1998); Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel: Third Eye (1998); Ted Nash: Rhyme and Reason (1999); Ron Horton: Genius Envy (1999); Joe Locke: Beauty Burning (1999); Matt Hilgenberg: Rasa (1999); Diane Hubka: Look No Further (1999); Maria Schneider Orchestra:  Allegresse (2000), Days Of Wine and Roses (2000); Kendra Shank: Reflections (2000); Michael Blake: Elevated (2000); Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel: Riding The Nuclear Tiger (2000); Ron Brendle Trio: Here (2000); Ben Allison: Peace Pipe (2002); Ted Nash: Still Evolved (2002)

Radio and television broadcasts:
Piano Jazz w/ Marian McPartland (NPR)
NPR - All Things Considered (Kimbrough/Locke Duo)
NPR - All Things Considered (Herbie Nichols Project)
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater - Kendra Shank Quartet
Around New York (WNYC) Kimbrough/Locke Duo
Around New York (WNYC) Herbie Nichols Project
Around New York (WNYC) Ted Nash Quartet
Soundcheck (WNYC) Ben Allisonx Peace Pipe
Jazz From The Archives (WBGO) Jazz Composers Collective
WUNC - FM solo piano
Jazz South Radio - w/ Ron Brendle Trio
WKCR - Jazz Composers Collective
Maria Schneider Orchestra at 1995 Monterey Jazz Festival
Maria Schneider Orchestra in Macao (TV)
Maria Schneider Orchestra at the Berlin Jazz Festival (German TV)
Maria Schneider Orchestra at Visiones, NYC (Japanese radio)
Maria Scneider Orchestra - Live at Jazz a Vienne  (RTF France)
Maria Scneider Orchestra - Live at Pori Jazz Festival ( TV Finlland)
Herbie Nichols Project - Live at the BIM Huise (Holland radio)
Herbie Nichols Project - Live at Groningen Jazz Festival (Holland radio)
Herbie Nichols Project  - Live at Umea Jazz Festival (Swedish radio)
Maria Schneider Orchestra - Banlieues Bleues Festival (RTF)
Maria Schneider Orchestra - Live at Birdland - (GMN)
Joe Locke Quintet - Blue Note (club) internet broadcast
Michael Blake and Elevated - Live from the Knitting Factory - BET
Maria Schneider Orchestra - Live in Graz (Austrian radio and TV)
Maria Schneider - Colors In Sound - Brazilian TV
Ben Allison - theme music for NPRx On The Media show
Maria Schneider - Oxygen network
Herbie Nichols Project - Live at De Werf (Belgian radio)
Jazz Composers Collective - interview for New Music Box
Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel - Live at the Jazz Standard (WBGO)
Ted Nash/Frank Kimbrough/Ben Allison - MX Satellite broadcast
Michael Blake Quartet - Live in Oldenberg  (Radio Bremen)
Maria Schneider Orchestra - Live in Salzberg (Austrian radio)
Ben Allisonx Peace Pipe - Live in Florence (Italian radio)
Herbie Nichols Project - Live in Albuquerque - KUNM radio

Unissued recordings:
15 hours of solo piano recordings (1990 - 2002)
55 hours  -  various Jazz Composers Collective concert series projects
(as a sideman - 1992 - 2002)
About 15 hours of trio recordings  (1989 - 2002)
About 5 hours of recordings by the Ted Nash Quartet (1989 - 2002)
About 25 hours of live recordings by the Herbie Nichols Project 
(1995-2002)
2 hours duo w/ Lee Konitz (2001)
2 hours duo w/ Kendra Shank (2001)
4 hours Noumena concert tapes  (1997 - 2001)
10-20 hours various unreleased Mapleshade projects  (1989 - 1993)

Bibliography:
Articles:
Time To Unite, by Howard Mandel, Downbeat, March 2002
For 10 Years, group has made jazz its way, by Bob Blumenthal, Boston Sunday Globe, 1/13/02
The Jazz Composers Collective, to be honored this week, has long been a pillar of support, by Ben Ratliff, New York Times, Sunday, 3/17/02
Hearsay - Frank Kimbrough, by Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times ?2000
Society For Public Musical Performances, by Michelle Mercer, Jazziz, April 2000 pp. 47-51.
Collective Soul - The Jazz Composers Collective, by Raphael Allison, Jazz Educators Journal, November 1998 pp. 36-42
How To Make Your Piano Howl, by Joe Vanderford, Independent Weekly, August 21-27, 2002  pp.56-57

Websites:
www.allaboutjazz.com/iviews/fkimbrough2002.htm
www.allaboutjazz.com/iviews/fkimbrough.htm  (1999)
www.jazzonline.com/qanda_kimbrough.asp

Awards:
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship 1995
Doris Duke/Chamber Music America Jazz Ensembles Project 2000-2001
Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition 1985
various Meet The Composer grants
Votes for Piano TDWR - Downbeat Critics Poll 2001, 2002

Contact information:
Frank Kimbrough  11-47 45th Ave. #10   Long Island City, NY 11101
tel.  718-361-6354
websites: www.frankkimbrough.com
www.jazzcollective.com

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