Quality Matters - Certificates of Completion (QM Rubric Workshop/Peer Review Workshop/ ADA Accessibility Workshop) - 2016

Project Management Institute Seminar -Certificateoftraining(2003)

DePaul  University, Chicago IL - Graduate coursework in Marketing (1985)

WebsterUniversity, St.LouisMO - MAin Management and Human Relations(1983)

American Management Association(AMA)- Seminar studies in management(1982)

ArmyPersonnelSchool Ft.Harrison IN - Diploma, Personnel and OrganizationalAdministration(1980)

Pacific LutheranUniversity, TacomaWA-GraduatecourseworkinMusic Composition(1979)

ArmySchool of Music, Norfolk VA- Diploma, Performance(bass) (1978)

Berklee College of Music, Boston- Bachelor of Music in Composition(1976),

private instruction with Dr.Hugo Norden- Counterpoint; Michael Gibbs, Jazz Composition(1975)


ColumbiaCollegeChicago (August2011- 2015)AssociateProfessor– Music Department

ColumbiaCollegeChicago (February1997- 2011) AssociateProfessor- Arts Entertainment Media Management Program(AEMMP)

Duties (2008 -2011): classroom instruction and Advising

Duties (1999 - 2008): Coordinate the Music Business Concentrationtoinclude supervising fourteen instructors

-Develop and coordinate the ComputerUsesForManagers curriculum to include interviewing and hiring part-time instructors

-Teach music production and music business, classes

-Advise undergraduate and graduate students to include the development of GraduateThesis

NationalVietnamVeteransArtMuseum (October2003 -October 2004) ExecutiveDirector

ColumbiaCollegeChicago  Artist-in-Residence- Sound and Management Department (September1996- January 1997)

Artist-In-Residence- Music Department (September 1990- September1996)Wrote curriculum and taught related classes

 -Department Coordinator for the multi-section MusicWorkshopfreshmanclasses

 -Instructor of Harmony and EarTraining, Orchestration and MusicTheory

Part-time faculty, Music Department (September 1989 - May 1990) -Instructor of Introduction to music theory

Sherwood Conservatory of Music - (February 1987 - December 1989) Music Instructor/ Jazz &CommercialMusic Coordinator

-Private instructions - Guitar, Jazz Harmony, Jazz History

-Creator and Director of the Sherwood Conservatory of Music Jazz ensemble program

-Rehearsing/Conducting: Composed, arranged and conducted jazz, rock/pop and seasonal music for the jazz ensemble

-Community Service: Sherwood Jazz Ensemble performed for community-based organizationstoinclude performances at commercial banks

-Founded and developed the curriculum for commercial music Studies

United StatesArmy Reserve - Army WarrantOfficer Bandmaster(February 1990 to December 1994)

Northeastern Illinois University(1984)Part-time faculty

-Developed and taught a course in Jazz Harmony

UnitedStatesRegular Army- Captain,AdjutantGeneralsCorp.(February 1977 – February 1987)

Berklee College of Music (June 1976 toDecember1977) Part-time instructor

-Taught jazz harmony and ensemble performance


Gallery Owner – KimoPics– Working studio and photo gallery in Shepherdstown West Virginia, features 

photography art created by Kimo Williams.



 -Faces of Vietnam – Images captured in Vietnam during my tour in 1970 and upon returning in 1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

 -Ice on The Potomac - Images from a winter day in Shepherdstown West Virginia

 -On Tour With The USO - Images capturing while touring the world with the Lt. Dan Band and the USO

 -Finding A Flag Voice -  Images of people interacting with the American Flag during a New York 9/11 memorial run.

Music Publisher- OneOmik Music- BMI/ Harry FoxPublications

  - Conceptualizing American Popular Music Within a Cultural Paradigm- Textbook (2017)

 -AppliedMusicTheory ForManagers EngineersProducersand Artists-Textbook(2014)

 -TheDigitalProducer- Professional Paper for Berklee alumni newsletter(2001)

 -Classical Music in Chicago- Professional Research Paper for the Newberry Library and their History of Chicago Encyclopedia (1995)

 -Diagonal Harmony-Manuscript, a new concept in compositional harmony(unpublished).

 -TheEvolvingSymphonyOrchestra- Professional paper presented at the ColumbiaCollegeArts and CollaborationsSymposium(1995)

 -Published music scores and arrangements

CommercialRecordCompany- Little Beck Music (LBM)Producer and Engineer. Releases Include:

 -Kimo andThePaumaluSymphony- WarStoriesfeaturingMike Stern, VictorBailey, and others. (four½ stars fromDownbeat)

 -Kimotion - AStreetcarNamed Desire,(music from the Steppenwolf production).

 -KimoWilliamsand Kimotion –Tracking, with Michael Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta,VictorBailey and other nationally recognized jazz artists.

  -KimoWilliamsand Kimotion - Kimotion Live(2001)

 -James Kimo WilliamsCD -Symphony For The Sons of Nam-Three symphonies performed by the St. Petersburg (Russian) Symphony   includes Symphony For The Sons of Nam, Fanfare For Life, and Buffalo Soldiers (2005)

Engineer/Owner-Recording facility (LBM RecordingStudio).Constructed and managed a commercial music recording facility.

Multi-Media Development and Productions(LBM Multimedia). Now Little Beck LLC (LBLLC). Developed, and produce multi-media projects.

Productions:Multimedia Shorts forCableAccessTelevisionin Chicago-line interactive web-based courses, PSAs for not-for-profits

Photography: Cort Guitar (Brochure), Music PublisherHudson Press(Evolution of Jazz Drumming) and CD coversforCDs manufactured by LBM

Music production services(LBM Productions) (Now Little Beck LLC (LBLLC)

-Musical group performances – Created and performed with a music ensemble, Lt.Dan Band doing USO shows(2004-2012)

-Electric Bass performer

-compose music for theater and Dance.


-Affection- balletperformedbytheJoffreyBalletof Chicago (June 1997)

-Ma Rainey's Black Bottom- Musical Director at the GoodmanTheater(1997) (receivedpositivereviewfromtheWallStreetJournal)

-AStreetCarNamed Desire- Composed music forTheSteppenwolfTheatersproduction (1997)(Receivedpositivereviewsrelatingtothe music)

-Mozart's' Don Giovanni and Marriage of Figaro- instrumental orchestral arrangement for Fanfare/IntersoundRecords' Enhanced CD release- release date May 1996


ExecutiveDirector,UnitedStatesVeteransArts Program- ProvidesArtisticTools(musical instruments,artsupplies,cameras,computers)tomilitary soldiers andVeteransMedical Facilities

Arts Management Consultant/Instructor- Developedand implementeda web-based marketing instructional platformforthe Sibelius Academyin Helsinki Finland(2007)

Co-founder/Musical DirectorforTheLt.Dan Bandwith cofounderactor /musician GarySinise (

Arts Management Consultant(panelist) - Stateof Illinois Arts Council(2000), Adjudicate grant applications

Arts Management Consultant(adjudicator)- Stateof Michigan's Arts Council,(1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005)- Conductedon-siteevaluationsof musical artsorganizationsand provideddetailed assessmentreports on submittedgrantproposals.

City of Chicago CommissiontoEstablish aVietnamWarmemorial: Designed the Logo with Artist Gary Tinney and suggested the phrase "ChicagoRemembers" which was eventually inscribed. (2005)


 Photographer- As a photographer, his works have won several awards dating back to early 1980s. His images have been featured in the 

 Smithsonian Magazine and at the National Vietnam Arts Museum in Chicago.

Juried Photograph Selections: 

       -The Berkeley Arts Centerin West Virginia - 2018

     -The Scarab Club in Detroit MI - 2018  

     -Cooperstown Arts Association in New York - 2018

 Purpose Prize Fellow, 2015 Honored as 2015 Purpose Prize Fellow, Recognizing Social Innovators Over 60

 Fulbright Specialist,2015-2020

 Vietnam Veterans of America, Recipient- Excellence in the Arts Award (August 2014)

Columbia College Chicago, Recipient- Faculty Development Award (January 2014)

FulbrightSpecialist,Selected- Developinternationalprogramon AmericanJazz History and improvisation(2007-2012)

People To People International. Recipient-Presidents Award (2010)

Chicago Magazine,Recipient- Chicagoan ofTheYear(2006)

NEA ContinentalHarmonyProject,Winner- CommissionA Symphonyof Place(2001)

ColumbiaCollegeChicago,Recipient- FacultyDevelopmentAward(2001)

Detroit Symphony,Finalist - African AmericanComposers Competition-Buffalo Soldiers(2000)

LancasterSymphony,38th Recipient - ComposersawardforcontributionstoAmericanMusic(1999)

Illinois Arts Council,ComposerFellowshipAward,Recipient(1999)

Dictionary of Black Composers, Selected- One of 200 composersselected for inclusion(1999)

ColumbiaCollegeChicago,Recipient- FacultyDevelopmentAward(1998)

AfricanAmericanAcademyof Arts and Letters,Induction(1996)

ColumbiaCollegeChicago,Finalist-Teacherof theYear(1996)

DetroitSymphony,Finalist- Black ComposersCompetition- SymphonyForTheSons of Nam (1991)

SavannahSymphony,Winner- Black ComposersCompetition- SymphonyForTheSons of Nam (1991)

Leagueof BlackWomenTheBlack Rose Award,Recipient - forservice tothe community(1989)

Fort Sheridan PhotographyContest, Winner-Wonfirstand secondprize(1983)


NationalMusic PublishersAssociation,(NMPA)- One Omik Music Publisher -Member

TheChicago Chapterof the NationalAcademyof RecordingArts and SciencesNARAS– Current member, PastGovernor/VicePresidentBroadcastMusic Incorporated(BMI) -Current Writer/PublisherMember

PeopleToPeopleInternational– Past Member,UnitedStatesService Organization(USO)- PastBoardMember

NationalAssociationRecordIndustry Professionals(NARIP) - PastMemberProjectManagement Institute- PastMember

ChicagoYouthSymphony- PastBoardMember

NationalVietnamVeteransArtMuseum- PastboardMember

NationalAssociationof Music Merchants(NAMM)- PastMemberInternationalAssociationof Jazz Educators- PastMember


BandmasterCommander- US Army ReserveWarrantOfficer and Commander of the85th DivBand atFortSheridan IL (1989 -1994)

Captain - US ArmyAdministration Corps(1980-1989) MarketingOfficer-For the Chicago RecruitingDistrict of the US Army Recruiting initiatives:

Responsibilities included developing marketing strategies, evaluating advertising efforts and recommending alternative advertising to include media buys for specific markets(1983-1986)

US ArmyBandsman - Performed on guitar, electric bass and percussion as a musician for the US Army(1978-1980)

Vietnam veteran- CombatEngineer(1970-1971)- Received Vietnam Cross of Gallantry awarded by the Vietnam Government, Army Commendation Medal (2).


Married to Carol Williams  (1977), Daughter- Rebecca Williams, PhD

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