Kim Platko

Bachelor of Music, University of North Texas, 1981, and a member of the internationally-acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band.

Member, American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 Dallas/Fort Worth.

Elected into Buddy Magazine's "Texas Tornado" Hall of Fame, 1987.

Professional recording and orchestral musician working in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for over 30 years.

Kim performed for many years with the famous Gypsy Jazz/world music ensemble Café Noir. Following his departure from that Dallas, Texas-area group he performed with numerous local jazz bands, including a long stint with Trio Blanc, a string trio that performed many times at the Van Cliburn Rehearsal Hall and the McDavid Studio at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kim has often been seen performing at famous music festivals around the world. A few that have featured him include:

  • 1980 Jazz Festival - Interlaken, Switzerland
  • 1989 Montreaux Jazz Festival -
    Montreaux, Switzerland
  • World Expo - Seville, Spain
  • 2005 & 2006 Vail Valley Music Festival -
    Vail, Colorado
  • Kerrville Music Festival - Kerrville, Texas
  • Wembley Folk Festival - Wembely, London, UK

In addition to literally thousands of jazz performances, Kim is also a mainstay in the local theater scene, frequently found in the orchestras of Fort Worth's Casa Mañana Broadway Series at Bass Performance Hall, and productions at Stage West. Additional live orchestral performances include:

  • The Dallas Opera Dallas Summer Musicals
  • The Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • The East Texas Symphony
  • The Fort Worth Opera
  • The Fort Worth Symphony
  • The Plano Symphony
  • The Texas Ballet Orchestra

Kim has provided accompaniment for many famous entertainers, including...

  • Carol Burnette
  • The Coasters
  • Billy Eckstein
  • Frank Marocco
  • Rita Moreno
  • Van Morrison
  • Peter Noone
  • Bernadette Peters
  • Arturo Sandoval
  • Del Shannon
  • Frank Sinatra, Jr.
  • Richard Stoltzman
  • Joe Williams

Recordings featuring Kim:

  • Ricardo Arjono - Historias (1994, on banjo)
  • Café Noir - Café Noir
  • Craig Chambers - West by Southwest
  • Dallas Jazz Orchestra - Turnin' Twenty
  • Dallas Jazz Orchestra - Scrapbook
  • Domestic Science Club (Sara Hickman)-
    Three Women (1996)
  • Randy Erwin - 'Til The Cows Come Home
  • Randy Erwin - Back Home
  • Genie Grant - Blame It On My Youth
  • Galen Jeter - Messin' With Texas (2007)
  • Jimmy LaFave - Road Novel
  • Gina Loren-Bellamy - Lavender Blue (1996)
  • Meadows WInd Ensemble - 3 Cents (2003)
  • One O'Clock Lab Band - Best Of One O'Clock
  • Pete Petersen - Playin' In The Park
  • Pete Petersen - Jazz Journey
  • B. W. Stevenson - Rainbow Down The Road
...and many more.

Television appearances include "Dallas - J.R. The Early Years" and Walker, Texas Ranger (2001)

In 2004, Kim and fellow Trio Blanc musicians Rex Bozarth and Mark Menikos were contacted by Gracey Tune, founder and artistic director of Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth to be the "anchor" group of a new event she had in mind to produce:   an annual celebration of the birthday of the guitarist whose name more than any other is synonymous with the term "Gypsy Jazz" — Django Reinhardt. Since that time, the Django Reinhardt festival has flourished and grown into a three-day multimedia party, and Kim Platko has performed every year, heading up a hand-picked group of players.