Warren Kime has lived a full and interesting musical life. He has been a brass player, singer, big band leader, music producer, composer. arranger and now a jazz recorder player.
Warren studied recorder at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago with George Olson, a premier recorder teacher. He eventually formed the New Cambrian Society Recorder Quartet with Roberta Sweet. The Quartet played concerts, performed in colleges throughout the Midwest and in commercials. They recorded an album called \"Ripples\". In 2003 Warren formed the Recorder Jazz Quartet and recorded a CD of his original music called \"Recorder Jazz\". He was backed by veteran jazz players George Mazzeo (drums), Gary Mayone (piano) and Don Coffman (bass). The May issue of the American Recorder Magazine described this new CD as \"original jazz charts with a great groove\".
Warren comes from a musical family. His father, Charles Kime, put a cornet into his hands and started teaching him how to play solos. Charles Kime was a concert band leader who played cornet with John Phillip Sousa\'s band and traveled across Iowa teaching music to city bands. Warren\'s grandfather, Warren Winfield Scott Kime III, was a composer, concert violinist and piano teacher.
During World War II, Warren was a member of the 392nd Special Service Orchestra which took the place of the Glen Miller Band. He played radio shows and toured throughout Europe. A number of years later, Warren completed a 2 year tour of duty during the Korean conflict where he was musical director of Special Service Show \"Take Ten\". They performed over 360 shows for the troops there.
After serving in the armed forces, Warren alternated attending Northwestern University on the GI Bill and playing with name bands around the country. Then he joined the CBS staff orchestra in Chicago under the direction of Caesar Petrillo where he performed on television and radio shows for 6 years. As a free-lance trumpeter and singer, Warren performed in many radio and television commercials, record dates and industrial shows. He was also principal trumpet for the Arie Crown Theatre Orchestra in Chicago and the Metropolitan Brass Quintet of Chicago.
He has played on over 75 albums for various artists and has recorded many albums of his own, including a very successful hit series of big band albums for Command Records in New York. They were the \"Brass Impact\", \"Explosive Brass Impact\" and \"Goin\' Someplace\" for which he created with his arranger, Brad Morey, the concept of mixing female voices with brass and reed instruments. Among his many albums, he has recorded a small jazz group album entitled \"Jazz\", a piano and flueghorn album entitled \"Songs for a Sophisticated Lady\" (which received an outstanding review in Billboard Magazine), and a CD entitled \"Concerto for 2\".
Warren has been a clinician/consultant for Getzen, G. LeBlanc and Holton band instrument companies.
Internationally famous, Warren has recorded with such outstanding artists as Nat King Cole, Jack Teagarten, Stan Getz, Quincy Jones, Doc Severinsen, Skitch Henderson, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Perry Como, Dick Haymes, Barry Manilow, Peter Nero, Vickie Carr, Dianne Carrol, and with the big bands of Ralph Marterie, Ray Anthony, Tex Beneke and many, many more. He has performed in concert with jazz greats such as Dizzie Gillespie, Teddy Wilson, Earl \"Father\" Hines, Bob Crosby, Louis Bellson, Pearl Bailey, Mel Torme just to name a few.