The Kennedy Center

James King



Biography

Bassist James King, a native of Houston, Texas, studied at Texas Southern University, Hampton University, and the University of the District of Colombia.  A well-known bassist in the mid-Atlantic region, Mr. King has lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area since 1977. During a musical career that spans more than 25 years, Mr. King has conducted clinics and occasionally led his own groups, in addition to a rigorous performance schedule.  He has performed with Stanley Turrentine, Buck Hill, Elvin Jones, Marlena Shaw, Ronnie Wells and Stephanie Nakasian, among others. He also has appeared at major jazz festivals in North America and abroad, including North Sea, Montreal, and Pori. He performed at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in 2001 in A Tribute to Stanley Turrentine, and in the K.C. Jazz Club as a member of the Bob Hallahan Trio, with pianist Bob Hallahan, drummer Nasar Abadey, and vocalist Stephanie Nakasian in her “Tribute to June Christy,” May 6, 2004.  Mr. King appeared on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on December 25, 1999 and 2005 as a part of the annual Christmas Day Jazz Jam. He performed in the KC Jazz Club as a member of the Buck Hill Quartet on September 8, 2005; as a member of the Geri Allen Trio with Mary Stallings on November 10, 2005; and with Flutology on March 10-11, 2006.  He also participated in the Center’s Tribute for Keter Betts in the Terrace Theater on November 10, 2006.

Upcoming Performances

Video 12/25/2017: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Join in the 19th annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam, a Millennium Stage tradition, with host/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeters Robert Redd and Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores King Williams.

Watch Past Performances

Video 6/12/2017: DC Jazz Festival presents Bass-ically Yours: James King

James King is an accomplished bassist whose musical career spans more than 40 years on both the national and international stages. King has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. since 1977, where he is currently a member of the Gary Bartz Quartet and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

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Video 12/25/2016: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Join in the 18th annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam, a Millennium Stage tradition, with host/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, pianist Robert Redd, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.

Video 12/25/2013: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Host Chuck Redd leads this festive annual tradition, now in its 15th year, featuring D. C. favorites drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.

Video 12/25/2011: All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Celebrate this festive Millennium Stage tradition—now in its 13th year—with host and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.

James King