Bill King Trio +5 (EP) Street Talk 7 Arts
Bill King is a musician/photo-journalist/radio veteran whose credits reach back to the sixties as once music director for Janis Joplin and Linda Ronstadt and through the years - the Pointer Sisters, Martha Reeves, and many others. He's an award- winning producer, twenty-eight-year artistic director of the Beaches International Jazz Festival and a former producer/broadcaster at Toronto's Jazz.Fm91, the past six years at Newstalk1010 as music director for The Ted Woloshyn Show and also hosts the Bill King (Interview) Show at CIUT 89.5 the University of Toronto. King's productions and mentoring helped launch the careers of three prominent Canadian singers; Liberty Silver, top selling jazz artist Sophie Milman and award-winning blues singer Shakura S'Aida and even a song-writing credit for American pop icon Chaka Khan. King has close to a hundred recording credits. Bill produces and arranges for the Rhythm Express collective.
All this from a solid beginning at the Louisville Academy of Music, private instruction with NEA celebrated jazz educator Jamey Aebersold, scholarship student at the Advance School of Contemporary music and studies with jazz greats Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown and continued piano studies at the Conservatory of Music in Louisville, Kentucky and composition at Ursuline College.
As either sideman or bandleader Bill was at the centre of the music universe during the 60s’ and 70s,’ beginning as a young arranger/music transcriber backing such recording artists as the Newbeats, “Bread and Butter” Freddy Cannon, “Palisades Park” The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp,” The Shangri-Las, “The Leader of The Pack.” King also appeared three times opening for the Beach Boys; also blues legend Lonnie Mack – Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard. Played piano for Chuck Berry – jammed with Jimi Hendrix, played keyboards for Trini Lopez, recorded with jazz greats John Handy, Sonny Criss, toured with multi-million seller John Klemmer playing keyboards while opening for Herbie Hancock and VSOP across America and even a television special playing piano behind comic/musician Victor Borge.
Photography, writing and travel have become a passion and profession the past thirty years. With over twenty CD covers, numerous concert images in newspapers, magazines and three major exhibitions as part of Contact Photography, King has taken advantage of his travel opportunities to write about his experiences. The style is personable and from the eyes and ears of a person who is connected to the rhythms of life. He's a two-time National Jazz Award recipient for Jazz Photographer of the Year, Producer of the Year -nominated four times for the National Jazz Awards Journalist of the Year, four- time nominee for Jazz Journalist Photo of the Year, three-time Juno nominee, and Maple Blues Award recipient.
King has been working the past 22 years on various recording projects with the Slaight Family; Liberty Silver, The Saturday Nite Fish Fry, Rockit 88 Band, Ali Slaight, Gavin Hope, Selena Evangeline, The Rhythm Express and his own solo piano recordings – Gloryland and Cinemascope.
From August 1987 until early 2006 King was the publisher of the international jazz magazine, The Jazz Report. King interviewed many of the young lions and icons of jazz as well as scripting record reviews and contributing photographs.
Street Talk is a culmination of a life lived without music boundaries. A love for jazz, blues, soul and funk through the ages. The soulful rhapsodies of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, the hard-swinging bop of Art Blakey and the Jazz messengers, the sweet Latin rhythms of Sergio Mendes, the big band blues of Ray Charles and the “cross-all landscape of music” of Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis.
King is on the teaching staff at the Harris Institute for the Arts and twice weekly columnist for FYIMUSICNEWS.Ca
1. Rhythm Express
2. Only the Righteous
3. Archie Speaks
4. Hymn #1
5. One Mint Julep *
6. My Summer Rose