Tony Nalker (Piano) has served since 1989 as the pianist of the U.S. Army Blues and currently the group's enlisted leader. Tony is a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, serving as their pianist since 2005. He is also the pianist for Hal Leonard Publishing Jazz Play-Along series which now has over 130 books/CDs in their collection. He received his undergraduate degree in music at James Madison University and M.A. in music from the University of Iowa.
James King (Bass) studied at Texas Southern University, Hampton University and the University of the District of Columbia. Mr King has lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area since 1977. During a musical career that spans more than 25 years, Mr. King, in addition to leading his own groups, has performed with Stanley Turrine, Buck Hill, Elvin Jones, Marlena Shaw, and Ronnie Wells, among others. He has appeared at major jazz festivals in North America and abroad, including North Sea, Montreal, and Pori. Mr. King regularly appears on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of the December Christmas Day Jazz Jam, and K.C. Jazz Club.
Ken Kimery (Drums and Executive Producer) relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1993, where he was invited by Dr. Anthony Brown to become a member of the National Museum of American History's Jazz Program. First in the capacity of assistant program coordinator for the Jazz Oral History Program, then in 1994 as acting producer for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, producing its 1994 Washington, D.C. concert season and national tour. Then in 2005, Mr. Kimery was promoted to executive producer taking the orchestra in 2008 on a historic tour to Egypt, Russia in 2011 and Ethiopia in 2012.
This performance took place on January 20, 2013 as part of the Out of Many multicultural festival of music, dance, and story.
James King is an accomplished bassist whose musical career spans more than 40 years on both the national and international stages. King has lived and worked in Washington, DC since 1977, where he is currently a member of the Gary Bartz Quartet and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He has performed with jazz greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Gary Bartz, Elvin Jones, Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Fortune,Cedar Walton, Buck Hill, Frank Morgan, David ”Fathead” Newman, Arnett Cobb, Teddy Wilson, Milt Jackson, Bud Shank, James Moody, Ronnie Matthews, Junior Cook, Jon Hendriks, Mark Murphy, Kurt Elling, Vanessa Rubin, Rosanna Vitro, Giacomo Gates, Rebecca Parish, Melissa Walker, Mulgrew Miller, James Williams, Bruce Barth, Cyrus Chestnut, Regina Carter and Johnny O’Neal, among others.