Kim was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in St. Louis, Missouri; teaching and performing internationally in over 33 countries (see below) in addition to playing locally in many of the New York City clubs including the Stellar Blue Note, Avalon the nightclub, and her main stomping ground, The 55 Bar. Most recently, she was signed to Beyonce for upcoming tour to promote her new CD B-day scheduled to be released, September 5, 2006. Beyonce debuted her all female band on June 27, 2006 at The BET Awards.
Credentials: 2006 – BET Awards with Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z 2006 – Currently recording LP “KOLADE” with Gary Dourdan (Show Series CSI) 2005 to Present – Performing with Jazz Legend Wallace Roney 2003 to Present – Performing with Jazz Legend Mike Stern 2003 to 2005 – Performing with Jazz Legend Kenny Barron 2003 – Kim Thompson Quartet, Savannah Jazz Festival 2002 – International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) 2002 – Rufus Reid and Marian McPartland JCC, Thurneur School Benefit for Music Education 2002 – Jazz Festival at the Schonberg Center
Recording Credits: Mike Stern, “Who Let the Cats Out?” (2006) Tia Fuller “Healing Space” (2006) Tia Fuller “Pillar of Strength” (2005) Miki Hayama “Vibrant” (2004) Kenny Barron, “Images” (2004)
Sideman work includes: Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z, Wallace Roney, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Dourdan, Mike Stern, Meshell N’Degeocello, Reveren Run of RUN DMC, Roy Hargrove, Richard Bona, Anthony Jackson, Raymond Angry, Jason Moran, John Blackwell and Dennis Chambers.
Kim Thompson is a 2003 graduate of Manhattan School of Music receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition. She is currently endorsed by YAMAHA drums, ZILDJIAN cymbals, and VATER sticks.