Kymberly Jackson, MFA
Composer, Flautist, Vocalist, Producer, Music Instructor
Kymberly Jackson began her quest for the perfect union of musician and instrument at an early age. After experimenting with the clarinet and drums, she discovered her musical soul mate in the flute.
Born and Raised in Los Angeles, California, Kymberly (aka "Kj") began classical training at the age of 12 and continued to master the instrument throughout her formal education. As a graduate of prestigious Mills College in Oakland, California, receiving her Masters in Music, Kj was afforded the opportunity to study under world-renowned Classical flautists, Angela Korregelos and Priscilla Call.
Kymberly has honed her musical gifts from Beethoven to Hip Hop with ease and fluidity. Her versatility and ability to move successfully between urban contemporary, smooth jazz, and classical techniques makes her one of the most sought after musicians in the industry. In addition, she is an educator having taught music and theory to elementary school through college students.
Kj performs and records throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (and beyond) with some of the world’s most well known Jazz and R&B artists. Her stage and recording companions have included: Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Donnie Osmond, Stevie Wonder (see the Hotter Than July album liner notes), Karen White, Dwayne Wiggins, Pete and Juan Escovedo, El DeBarge, Norman Brown, Ricardo Scales, Walter Beasley, The Gap Band, HipHop activist Boots Riley and the Coop, and Kev Choice - among many others. However, it is in her capacity as a solo artist that Kj (with her band Urban Legends) truly demonstrates her genius as a dynamic entertainer, instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer. In 2010, Kj and Urban Legends played to thousands of delighted San Francisco and Oakland Pride celebrants. Her Jazz Funk Fusion skills had Yoshi's standing-room-only audiences on their feet, and she regularly ignites crowds at concerts, clubs, and private events.
Kj has performed on great mainstages including the Apollo Theatre in NYC, Concord Pavilion, and both the fabulous Yoshi’s Oakland and San Francisco Jazz Clubs. She is the recipient of the 2011 BMA - Black Music Association Jazz Artist of the Year Award. Kymberly is a uniquely gifted woman who has been recognized within an industry that doesn't offer many coveted slots to female instrumentalists.
Kymberly's ongoing musical achievements and genius are undoubtedly impressive. Yet it is her life story that inspires others to trust and develop the gifts they came into this world with. She encourages young musicians through her work as a college educator (teaching her popular "From Jazz to Hip Hop" class). She motivates all toward scholarly pursuits, once they learn that Kj has earned two Master's degrees and is in en route to her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. In true Kj powerhouse fashion, she celebrated her 50th birthday by running the 2011 San Francisco Bay to Breakers race. She is an inspiration - to her students, her fans, her teachers, her peers, her community, family and friends - and an authentic force for positive change.
An accomplished vocalist, composer, producer, college music professor, and recording artist, Kymberly is currently completing her doctorate, performing, touring, and expanding her music production company, Kjes Entertainment, LLC.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT MS. JACKSON -
"Charismatic! She always moves her audiences."
- Ricardo Scales
"I wasn't planning to pay that much attention to the music, but her playing and singing makes you sit up and take notice She has real style and personality!" - Michael Morgan, Conductor, Oakland East Bay Symphony
"The most Hype Flautist in the Bay area, that can go from hip hop to soul to r&b with ease!"
- Dwayne Wiggins