Adjunct Assistant Professor, Jazz/Rock History/Interdisciplinary Studies
Kim Corbet grew up in an era when jazz was being introduced in public schools and during the first wave of interdisciplinary electronic music on college campuses. This was in the 1960s and ’70s, when improvisational concepts from free jazz to blues-based rock to the John Cage school of composition were being explored, all of which fascinated Corbet and inspired him to pursue solo and group collaborations with like-minded creators. As far as art was concerned, there were no restrictions.
Tutored and mentored by teachers known for their drive and spirit, Corbet seeks to reach deep and connect with artists and students with that same energy. His love for school environments where students and teachers learn and grow together fosters his desire to connect with a carpe diem attitude in the classroom.
That spirit has also inspired an extensive professional performance career. Corbet has been both artist and commercial musician, having spent 20 years playing trombone in ballrooms, country clubs and dinner theatres on what is described as the Vegas circuit. He has performed with dozens of name performers such as Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Jose Feliciano, Phyllis Diller, George Burns, Cyd Charisse, Glen Campbell, Lou Rawls and Ray Price, and has played hundreds of gigs with local and legendary orchestras, including the UNT 1:00 Lab Band, The Glenn Miller Band, Duke Ellington and The Bob Crosby Orchestra.
In the early ’90s he hung up the tux and began producing multi-media shows for private galleries and community centers. For 16 years he worked for Dallas's NPR station, KERA, winning the 1984 Dallas Observer DJ of the Year.
Corbet is currently working with “Itchy,” an improvisational trio with Meadows’ Dean Jose Bowen and SMU Artist in Residence Will Power. He is in his 14th year with the experimental noise trio, "The Flying Tidbits," and has recently started a collaboration with Dallas Opera vocalist/poet/visual artist Lisa Huffaker.
D.M.A. (in progress in Jazz Studies, Composition and Trombone at the University of North Texas)
M.M. in Trombone and Composition, Texas Christian University
B.M.E. with a minor in Jazz and Composition, Henderson University
Performing music publicly since age 7. Extensive jazz, rock and experimental music experience. Specializing in group and solo improvisation in stage, theatrical and interdisciplinary settings.
Jazz: Transition and Transformation; Music for Contemporary Audiences; POINT ensemble (an interdisciplinary, student-led project class)
Currently producing "Meadows at the Bath House" for the City of Dallas; member of the jazz quintet "Jampact" with Meadows Dean Jose Bowen; artistic director of "BL Lacerta," an interdisciplinary music-dance quintet; member of the experimental noise trio, "The Flying Tidbits."