|Harry Kim – Trumpet, Flugalhorn
Harry Kim is one of the most visible musicians of our time, with numerous appearances on awards shows, international television specials, and world tours with global superstars. His stage presence, versatility, and leadership qualities both on and off stage make him stand-out, whether in the roll as a sideman or frontman. His writing and arranging for his Vine Street Horns and others are a signature of creativity.
Harry’s experience is extremely diverse from playing with the legendary Harry James to some of the most contemporary artists such as Lady Gaga. HIs long list of credits and discography reveals his global work outside the USA with artists in Latin America, France, and other parts of the world.
The albums, television, and movies that Harry has been associated with have receive numerous awards such as gold records, platinum records, multi-platinum records, Grammys, Latin Grammys, Emmys, and Oscars. Harry is familiar with extraordinary events such as live concerts to 500,000 people, being on stage when Michael Jackson debuted the Moon Walk, opening the Grammys with over 25 million people watching, or having his Vine Street Horns at special request play for the final Oprah Winfrey Show, with that show from Chicago and the Final American Idol show airing on the same day in Los Angeles .
Soon he joined Stevie Wonders Wonder Love which opened the doors of opportunity to perform and record with such artists as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Smokey Robinson. He was on stage for the Emmy Award winning 25th Anniversary of Motown performing with many of Motowns greatest stars. It was an evening highlighted by Michael Jackson’s introduction of his now legendary moonwalk.
In 1985 he joined the Phenix Horns, the celebrated horn section of Earth Wind and Fire. Together they performed with various artists throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Included were two tours in 1987 and 1988 with French icon Michel Berger and vocalist France Gall.
In 1989 he participated in the making of Phil Collins’s multi award winning CD
Since 2005 he has acted as horn section leader and arranger for the 2005-2013 seasons of American Idol. In the USA Harry was even televised twice in one day as he played the final week of the Oprah Show, airing in the afternoon, and the final week of American Idol, airing in the evening. Harry just completed a tour with the legendary French recording artist, Johnny Hallyday, on his final tour.