Powerhouse pianist, singer, producer, radio host, and Artistic Director of the Beaches International Jazz Festival since 1988, BILL KING has been nominated three times for Juno Awards, won New Artist of the Year with his Rockit 88 Band at the Maple Blues Awards, two-time Producer and Photographer of the Year from the National Jazz Awards, four nominations for Jazz Journalist of the Year, and twice nominated for Jazz Photo of the Year by the International Jazz Journalist Association.
His recording career began in 1965 with a cover of jazz great Bobby Timmon’s Moanin’ by southern band, The Chateaus. King arranged and played piano on the top 50 Billboard hit. Bill King arrived in Canada in 1969 and scored a record deal with legendary producers Jack Richardson and Bob Ezrin and released Every Living Thing by Homestead. Then came two solo projects for Capitol Records – Goodbye Superdad and Dixie Peach. King is featured on numerous recordings from Stan Rodgers, John Allan Cameron, The Rockit 88 Band, The Rhythm Express, The Saturday Nite Fish Fry – hundreds of tracks with an array of accomplished singers. He has produced vocalists Liberty Silver, top-selling Sophie Milman, Shakura S’Aida, June Garber, Cornelia Luna, Kinga Hemming, and many others.
His career in radio began at Q107 in 1985, eventually building a national network, The Jazz Report Radio Network (1988-91) heard in 26 Canadian cities. Currently, he hosts the Bill King Show CIUT 89.5, music director/cohost with Ted Woloshyn on Newstalk 1010, and ‘Soul Nation’ on JAZZFM.91 with his son Jesse King. Along with these endeavors, King published the Jazz Report Magazine 1988-2006 and has also published four books of concert and travel photography.
Tonight’s performance by the stellar BILL KING TRIO also features COLLIN BARRETT (bass) and DERYCK ROCHE (drums), entertaining in the up-close-and-personal intimacy of the Home Smith Bar.