Kimo Cornwell


Oral History Information

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Musician, Composer, Arranger

Kimo Cornwell was born in Hawaii and became a sought-after studio musician and sideman for several top local artists there, including Don Ho. After relocating to Los Angeles with his wife, he quickly entered the live sound touring world, performing with artists such as Ronnie Laws and on Al Jarreau’s High Crime tour. In 1983, he was invited to join Hiroshima, marking the beginning of his long collaboration and friendship with koto player June Kuramoto. Kimo's interesting NAMM Oral History interview offers insights into the recording studios he used in Hawaii and his views on jazz greats like Art Tatum. His extensive experience and unique perspective have made him a respected figure in the music industry, contributing to both the evolution of jazz and the fusion of diverse musical styles.