Kim Pensyl is a prolific jazz recording artist, composer and arranger who was twice named one of Billboard’s Top-20 Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Year. A pianist and trumpeter, he has had four Top-10 albums on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. He has recorded with jazz legends such as Toots Thielemans, and modern greats like Joey Calderazzo and Bob Mintzer. He has performed at such esteemed jazz venues as The Blue Note and Blues Alley and toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra and Acoustic Alchemy. He has more than 100 published works recorded and over 150 compositions and arrangements in his catalog.
Kim performs around Cincinnati and Central Ohio in various groups with Phil DeGreg, Rick VanMatre, and many others. He is a member of the Blue Wisp Big Band, Pat Kelly’s Psycho Acoustic Orchestra, Hank Maunter’s Masterworks Orchestra, Carmon DeLeone’s New Studio Big Band, and the Samba Jazz Syndicate. Kim is an associate professor of jazz studies at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and is very active is his college teaching and program development, including the new Commercial Music Production program launching in the fall 2012. Kim writes and performs with the Faculty Jazztet and guest artists at CCM, like Dave Liebman, Arturo Sandavol, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Terri Lyne Carrington, Rufus Reid, John Clayton, and Mulgrew Miller among others.
In March of 2010 a new sax quartet composition was premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference in Georgia. A new three-movement brass quintet composition was premiered at the International Trumpet Guild conference in Sydney, Australia in July of 2010. Tim Anderson premiered “Pastoral Serenade” a composition for trombone and piano, in the fall of 2010 at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Recent recordings include a CD entitled “Melodious Monk” with Kim Pensyl and Phil DeGreg on Summit Records in 2011. The CD features the brilliant compositions of Thelonious Monk, portraying an old master in a new light. “Three Voices”, a new recording of jazz standards featuring wonderful performances by Rusty Burge on vibes, Michael Sharfe on bass, and Kim on flugelhorn, was also released on Summit Records, March 2012. In addition to performing on those recordings Kim also engineered and mixed the CDs. Kim is also working as a freelance engineer and has engineered, mixed, and mastered several other jazz recordings set for fall 2012 and early 2013 releases.
Learn more about Kim Pensyl on his website: http://kimpensyl.com.