Steve Kim is a bassist, composer, and teacher based in Seattle, Washington. Steve studied bass with Ray Brown and Gary Peacock, and improvisation and composition with pianist/composer Charlie Banacos.
Steve has taught music since 1973. He served as associate faculty in the Music Technology department of Shoreline Community College from 1989-2021. He has also taught at Pacific Lutheran University, The National Guitar Workshop, The Experience Music Project, The All-Electric Bass Workshop at Seattle Pacific University, The Bill Evans Summer Institute Of Dance, Music Works Northwest, Arts In Motion, and the Roberts Music Institute. In 2015, Steve was a recipient of The Evergreen State College Teacher Excellence Award.
His credits include live and recorded performances with Larry Coryell, Alphonse Mouzon, Don Mock, Carter Jefferson, Dave Valentine, Jim Brock, Van Manakas, Jeff Simmons, Jay Thomas, Scott Cossu, Jon Jang, Garth Hudson and Nokie Edwards. Steve appeared on the 2014 solo release ”In Deep Owl” by Soundgarden bassist Ben Sheppard.
Steve was commissioned to compose for the Southern Arts Council, the Seattle Arts Commission, choreographers Bill Evans, Clay Talefero, Shirley Jenkins and Jeff Bickford, and filmmaker Eric Patton. Steve served as a cultural ambassador to represent the City of Seattle in Kobe, Japan, and was honored as a Centennial Artist during the Washington State Centennial Celebration.