Richmond played piano, clarinet, and saxophone when young, and made his professional debut in 1956. He studied at the University of Illinois in the early 1960s. He played in the U.S. Air Force big band, the Airmen of Note, while serving from 1963–67 in Washington D.C.. He then moved to California and played with Stan Kenton (1967), Clare Fischer (1968), Louie Bellson (1969–72), Lalo Schifrin (1979), Bob Florence (1979), Les Brown (1989), Bill Holman (1990), Vinny Golia (1991), Johnny Mandel, Chris Walden, and Clay Jenkins.
Richmond arranged professionally from the 1960s, for Schifrin, Buddy Rich, and Ernie Watts among others. He founded the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra in southern California to perform his works. Additionally, he has worked extensively as a session musician, arranger, director, and conductor for studios and popular musicians.
- Looking in Looking Out (Nine Winds, 1988)
- Passages (Sea Breeze, 1992)
- Range (Nine Winds, 1994)
- Look at the Time (Chase, 1999)
- Ballads(Chase, 2001)
- Refractions (Origin, 2003)
- Crossweave (Origin, 2004)
- Live at Cafe Metropol (Origin, 2007)
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With Stan Kenton
- The Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton (Capitol, 1967)
With Lalo Schifrin
- No One Home (Tabu, 1979)