Kim Corbet


Adjunct Assistant Professor, Jazz/Rock History/Interdisciplinary Studies



Kim Corbet grew up in an era when jazz and rock were equally important in American culture, transforming each other into innovative crossover hybrids. 

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 of creativity on stage and in the classroom led to a career blend of performance and education.

On the performance side, 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 One O’Clock 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.

SMU hired him to teach jazz history, soon after adding rock history and, along the way, the highly improvisational Meadows New Music Ensemble and, currently, the POINT ensemble, in which students explore their artistic passions in unique performance and research projects.


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

Recent Work

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-d ance quintet; member of the experimental noise trio, "The Flying Tidbits."

Professional Experience
Performing music publicly since age 7. Extensive jazz, rock and experimental music experience. Specializing in group and solo improvisation in stage, theatrical and interdisciplinary setting s.

Course list

Jazz: Transition and Transformation 
Music for Contemporary Audiences 
POINT ensemble (an interdisciplinary, student-led project class) 
Kim Corbet