Seattle’s Primo Kim has headlined major concerts at Benaroya Hall, The 5th Avenue Theater, the Paramount Theater, and Meany Hall. He was chosen to welcome His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, at an Olympic Hotel gala performance in 1997. Primo has played Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco and Taipei, Taiwan. He appeared at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in 1994. He worked the Las Vegas hotel circuit. In Seattle, Primo hosted a music/talk variety show called Baysounds, which aired on KIXI radio for two years.
A graduate of San Jose State University, Primo started playing piano at age five; he later studied voice with Barbara Streisand’s teacher, Judy Davis; and with David Kyle of Seattle. Jazz piano became his passion. Primo was a teen sensation whose mellifluous voice and elegant phrasing led to a big variety show at the famous Latin Quarter in New York City.
His first major CD, Primo: To Be Near, released in 1997, was arranged and conducted by Joe Kloess, who worked with Peggy Lee and Jack Jones. In 1999, Primo gave a major concert with an 18-piece big band orchestra at Benaroya Hall. In 2000, again at Benaroya Hall, he produced and preformed at the United Negro College Fund’s concert variety show. In 2004, Primo was a special guest of Marvin Hamlisch playing with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall. In 2005, he was a guest artist with the Everett Symphony. He performed in a jazz concert in Tokyo, Japan in 2008. Primo did a major concert at the Kirkland Performance Center in 2008. He appeared at the stately Fairmount Olympic Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel for many years.
PRIMO: TO BE NEAR
PRIMO: PRINCESS DIANA
PRIMO: HEART AND SOUL
PRIMO: CHRISTMAS TREE
PRIMO: FORTUNE’S CHILD
PRIMO: MAKE IT RIGHT
Primo’s latest CD, PRIMO: MAKE IT RIGHT, was released in April, 2010 with featured arrangers Phil Kelly, Dennis Mackrel, Milt Kleeb, with special guests Bill Ramsay, Randy Halberstadt and Jay Thomas.