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.
James King