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Kimberly Thompson

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Kimberly Thompson
Also known asKim Thompson[1][2][3]
BornLos Angeles, California, U.S.[4]
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri[1][2][4][5]
LabelsKTMUSIC Productions[3][5]

Kimberly Ilana Thompson is an American drummer and music educator.

Early life[edit]

Kimberly Ilana Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California,[4][5] and raised in St. Louis, MO.[6] She began playing drums at the age of ten.[4][7] She attended Pattonville High School and was the drummer in the school band.[7] She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in jazz composition.[1][2][3][5]


Thompson is the President of the female founded KTMUSICPRODUCTIONS, a record label based in Harlem, New York.[3][5] She has released all her albums via the label, the first being Like Clockwork, in 2010.[3] Her latest album, Treasures Abound (A Tribute to the Jazz Greats), was released in April 2016 and features her dynamic drumming, showcasing modern themed classical etudes and original jazz songs written and performed with her jazz quartet.[8] She has served as session or touring drummer with several artists, including Beyoncé[2][3] and fusion guitarist Mike Stern. She has played with The 8G Band on the NBC talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers and has performed with the Kimberly Thompson Quartet at New York's Jazz and Colors festival.[9][10] Thompson is currently[when?] completing a musical produced by The Dodgers and Tommy Mottola on Broadway for “The Donna Summers Project”. She also appeared in Romy & Michelle, a stage adaptation of the 1997 film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, in Seattle in June 2017.[11]


  • Like Clockwork (2010)[3]
  • Dreamcatcher (2011)
  • Red Glory (2013)
  • A Childs Eyes (2014)
  • Live at Marians (2014)
  • Treasures Abound (2016)

With Kenny Barron


  1. ^ a b c "Kim Thompson (official website)". Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Castiglioni, Bernhard. "Drummerworld: Kim Thompson". Drummerworld. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Sutton, Heidi (September 17, 2012). "Beyonce's Drummer Kim Thompson Takes Her Career To A Whole New Level – Her Own – The News Burner". The News Burner. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d "SavannahNOW – Savannah Morning News on the Web". Savannah Morning News. 2006. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Kimberly Thompson – Latin Percussion®". Latin Percussion. Archived from the original on August 18, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  6. ^ Zildjian artist page
  7. ^ a b "Zildjian Artist – Kimberly Thompson". Zildjian. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  8. ^ Kimberly Thompson's Soundcloud
  9. ^ O'Connell, Michael (February 10, 2014). "Seth Meyers Taps Fred Armisen To Lead 'Late Night' Band With Members of Les Savy Fav, Girls Against Boys". Billboard. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  10. ^ NPR (12 November 2012). "30 Intimate Jazz Concerts In One Gigantic Park".
  11. ^ Snetiker, Marc (March 7, 2016). "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion musical to make world premiere in Seattle". Entertainment Weekly.

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