Kimberly Thompson began drumming at the age of ten. In her hometown of St. Louis Missouri, Kimberly frequently sat in as a musician at church services. At the age of thirteen, Kimberly received her first drumset and she continued to play in local churches as the primary drummer. While attending High School, Kimberly was the drummer for the Pattonville High School Jazz and Pep Bands. She also participated in the marching band serving as percussion section leader. Kimberly also gained much experience performing in various wind ensembles and orchestra pits for musical productions. While at college at The University of Missouri, Kimberly continued her participation in various band programs including the school's Summer Music programs for gifted students.
A former student at The Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of renowned educator John Riley, Kimberly has also studied with the legendary Ben Riley, Lewis Nash, and Antonio Sanchez. She has performed with Babby Watson and Hamiett Bluiett. Kimberly has performed with the Kenny Barron Trio at the 2000 Cuban Jazz Festival with Rufus Reid and Ray Drummond. She counts among her musical influences artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, Elvin Jones, Jason Moran, Brian Blade, Jeff Ballard, and Terri Lyne Carrington to name a few.
Kimberly Thompson has already at a young age toured Europe with an all-female group assembled by The International Association of Jazz Educators. This group known as The 2001 Sisters in Jazz Ensemble has performed at many Festivals overseas including the famous North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.
Recently Kimberly has performed with R&B singer Michelle Carr at the Blue Note in New York City. She is also recording two upcoming albums for the R&B groups "Kaliq" and "The Occasions" Be sure to catch this drumming star on the rise next time she performs at a venue near you.