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 

original photography - 2018-Present


  • 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
  • You and Your A Flag -  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 ballet performed by the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago (June 1997)
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom- Musical Director at the Goodman Theater (1997) (receivedpositivereviewfromtheWallStreetJournal)
  • AStreetCarNamed Desire- Composed music forTheSteppenwolfTheatersproduction (1997)(Received positive reviews relating to the 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 and Veterans Medical Facilities

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

Co-founder/Musical Director-The Lt. Dan Band with co-founder actor /musician Gary Sinise 2003-2012

  • Arts Management Consultant (panelist) - Stateof Illinois Arts Council(2000), Adjudicate grant applications
  •  Adjudicator - State of Michigan's Arts Council,(1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005)- Conducted on-site evaluations of musical arts organizations and provided detailed assessment reports on submitted grant proposals.
  • Consultant- City of Chicago Commission to Establish a Vietnam War Memorial: Designed the Logo with Artist Gary Tinney and suggested the phrase "Chicago Remembers" which was eventually inscribed. (2005)


Photographer- As a photographer, works have won several awards dating back to early 1980s. 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  - Selected as a 2015 Purpose Prize Fellow, Recognizing Social Innovators Over 60, (2015) 

Fulbright Specialist  2017-2014 and 2015-2020

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

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

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

Chicago Magazine - Recipient, Chicagoan of The Year, (2006)

National Endowment for The Arts Continental Harmony Project, Winner- Commission A Symphony of Place (2001)

Columbia College Chicago, Recipient- FacultyDevelopmentAward, (2001)

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

LancasterSymphony, 38th Recipient Composers award for contributions to American Music, (1999)

Illinois Arts Council, Composer Fellowship Award, (1999)

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

Columbia College Chicago, Recipient- Faculty Development Award, (1998)

African American Academy of Arts and Letters, Induction -(1996)

ColumbiaCollegeChicago, Finalist-Teacherof the Year, (1996)

Detroit Symphony, Finalist- Black Composers Competition- Symphony For The Sons of Nam (1991)

SavannahSymphony, Winner- Black Composers Competition- SymphonyForTheSons of Nam (1991)

League of Black Women, The Black Rose Award, Recipient - for service to the community, (1989)

Fort Sheridan PhotographyContest, Winner-Won first and second prize (1983)


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

The Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences NARAS– Current member, PastGovernor/VicePresident

BroadcastMusic Incorporated (BMI) -Current Writer/PublisherMember

United States Service Organization (USO) - PastBoardMember

National Association Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) - PastMember

ProjectManagement Institute- PastMember

ChicagoYouthSymphony Past Board Member

National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum- Past board member

National Association of Music Merchants  (NAMM) - Past Member

InternationalAssociationof Jazz Educators (IAJE)- Past Member


Bandmaster Commander- US Army Reserve Warrant Officer and Commander of the 85th Division Band at FortSheridan IL (1989 -1994)

Captain - US Army Administration Corps (1980-1989) - Marketing Officer-For the Chicago Recruiting District 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)- Received Vietnam Cross of Gallantry awarded by the Vietnam Government, Army Commendation Medal (2).


Married to Carol Williams  (1977), Daughter- Rebecca Williams, PHD.

Reside in Shepherdstown West Virginia. PhD