Guitarist, Junbeom Kim was born in South Korea, and is now living and playing in New York City. He received his master’s degree from City University of NY, Queens College. He started playing music by studying classical piano at the age of 5, and when he entered middle school, he became interested in the electric guitar. When he first saw his classmate’s electric guitar in school, he couldn’t keep his eyes off from it because it looked so beautiful. He started playing guitar from then on. At that time, he loved rock music and played lots of songs by famous rock groups such as Queen, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Mr. Big, and others. It was when he went to Seoul Jazz Academy (SJA) that he fell in love with jazz music. While his interest in jazz music increased, he decided to become a professional musician. In SJA he studied with one of the most famous guitarist in Korea, Charlie Jung. Because Charlie is a master of not only jazz but also blues, funk, etc, Junbeom studied a variety of musical genres. Junbeom continued to study with Charlie Jung after his departure from SJA. He became a member of the navy band and served for 2 years in the Korean military. Entering any military band in Korea is highly competitive and sought after by all musicians. During his military service, he experienced a lot of things. He toured with the band to a lot of cities such as LA, Hawaii, Vancouver, Sydney and others. He also played in F-1 Grandprix which was held in Korea, in Oct, 2010. After he was discharged from military service, he played as a member of a vibraphone jazz quintet G.D.F in the Korean jazz scene. The group released their EP album, 3 songs of which were composed by Junbeom. At that time he played in Korea’s most famous jazz clubs including Palm, Evans, and All that Jazz. Meanwhile, he graduated from Seoul National University. Because he was deeply immersed in jazz music, he decided to go to New York City for further study. While studying in Queens College, he studied privately under the great Paul Bollenback. He also studied with other contemporary jazz greats such as Peter Mazza, Antonio Hart, David Berkman, Jebb Patton, Tim Armacost, and Michael Mossman. While studying at Queens College, he performed at many venues. He was featured on jazz radio, WBGO where he played 4 tunes including his original ‘I Wish.’ The same group also performed in the City College Music Festival. In addition, he has played at many of NYC’s most notable venues like Rockwood Music Hall, Le Poisson Rounge (LPR) and the Bar Next Door. The most meaningful performances were two shows played with Antonio Hart at Emmanuel Baptist Church and at United Methodist Church. Currently, Junbeom is performing and teaching in NY and NJ.