James King is an accomplished bassist whose musical career spans more than 40 years on both the national and international stages. King has lived and worked in Washington, DC since 1977, where he is currently a member of the Gary Bartz Quartet and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He has performed with jazz greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Gary Bartz, Elvin Jones, Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Fortune,Cedar Walton, Buck Hill, Frank Morgan, David ”Fathead” Newman, Arnett Cobb, Teddy Wilson, Milt Jackson, Bud Shank, James Moody, Ronnie Matthews, Junior Cook, Jon Hendriks, Mark Murphy, Kurt Elling, Vanessa Rubin, Rosanna Vitro, Giacomo Gates, Rebecca Parish, Melissa Walker, Mulgrew Miller, James Williams, Bruce Barth, Cyrus Chestnut, Regina Carter and Johnny O’Neal, among others. He has appeared at jazz festivals in the United States and Europe including Montreal, the North Sea and Pori. He has also performed at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Club, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, KC Jazz Club and Terrace Theater. In addition to his performances, King has conducted clinics, participated in public school music programs, led his own group and composed a myriad of original compositions. He studied music at Texas Southern University, Hampton University and the University of the District of Columbia and originally hails from Houston, Texas.