Austin Kimble (born 1987) is an American jazz pianist. He was born in Champaign, Illinois and currently resides in Austin, Texas. He has released two albums independently, A Riff in the Age of Melancholy (2013) and Meet The Kimbles (2013). In 2013, Austin Kimble released a viral video, “Dear Freddie,” produced by Christina Angenend. His own bands include The Kimbles, Austin & Kelsey, and the Austin Kimble Trio. In 2010, he toured China with Tapestry Dance Company with support from the National Endowment for the Arts as the pianist for the production: The Souls of Our Feet. As pianist to Jeff Lofton, he won “best jazz band” at The Austin Chronicle’s 2010-2011 Austin Music Awards. As a trumpet player, he was a finalist in the 10th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in New York, NY (2005) and performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL (2003). In September 2013 he was appointed assistant jazz band director at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, where he has taught independent music lessons since 2010.
He has recorded and performed extensively with Jazzbonez, Jeff Lofton, Original Recipe Band, and Wayne Salzmann II. Other artists with whom Austin has performed include Jon Blondell, Ryan Bowman, Tony Campise, Kendall Clark, Ernie Durawa, Wycliffe Gordon, Andre Hayward, Jason Marsalis, Butch Miles, Reggie Watkins, Ron Westray, and Thomas Wirtel. On piano and keyboard, Austin has performed at the ITA’s International Trombone Festival (2010); Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, TX (2007, 2013); and South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX (2011, 2012, 2013). He performed on trumpet at the 2005 Illinois Music Educator’s Conference as a member of the IMEA All-State Jazz Band.