Thame Snooker Club -
Took Place on
Wed 8th August
St Andrews Court
The Peter King Trio
UK Sax Supremo - World Class Virtuoso
Peter - Alto Saxophone - he also plays Tenor and Soprano Saxophones,
Mike Gorman - Electric Organ - (replacement for Nick Kacal on Bass)
Keith Michael - Drums
This is excellent Contemporary Jazz
Trio are taking time off from their tour with Harvey Thompson Vocalist to grace
our podium with their creative presence.. A rare chance to hear Peter strut his
stuff with support from the excellent Mike Gorman on Organ and with sympathetic rhythm
from Keith michael! He
is a walking authority on Charlie Parker and his own compositions in
homage to the master are a sheer tour de force. - Jazz Eddie
Poster A4 view in Print mode
KING, in the words of one critic, “the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has
ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today” (Dave Gelly, 'The
Giants of Jazz', Aurum Press, 1986), has been a major influence on the British
Jazz scene ever since he played, (at the age of eighteen!), the opening of
RONNIE SCOTT'S, London's internationally famous jazz Mecca. “Had Ronnie Scott's
Club died over night and been heard of no more it could still have justified its
existence by pointing to a discovery like Peter King.” (Benny Green, 'Jazz
Decade, ten years at Ronnie Scott's', King's Road Publishing Ltd. 1969).
wonderful musician ...PETER KING of course is a master of his instrument. People
are aware of that here .. (In America), .. as well as in England”.
(ELVIN JONES, ‘Jazz U.K. Sept 2001).
he now concentrates on his work as a solo artist and with his regular Quartet,
Peter has worked and with such legends as Bud Powell, Elvin Jones, Max Roach,
Milt Jackson, Lalo Schifrin, Frank Foster's ‘new' Count Basie Band and the Ray
Charles Orchestra. He has also recorded with Hampton Hawes, Al Haig, Philly Joe
Jones, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and many others, including Red Rodney, who said this
of Peter.. “He's got that natural growl in his playing –yet he's soft and
beautiful when he wants to be.” Peter has also worked with many great
singers, such as Ernestine Anderson, Joe Williams, Anita O'Day, and made albums
with Jon Hendricks and Jimmy Witherspoon. He has also accompanied artists as
diverse as Tony Bennett, Marlene Dietrich, James Brown and Lauren Bacall. King
is also known for his recorded work with the pop group, 'Everything but the
Girl' and as featured soloist and Musical Director of the Charlie Watts Quintet.
Peter can also be seen in films such as ‘Blue Ice' starring Michael Caine and
the new hit movie, ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley', staring Mat Damon and directed by
the Oscar winning Anthony Minghella. Peter also can also be heard playing on
Mike Figgis' film ‘Time Code' particularly over the opening titles.
King plays Charlie Parker's Grafton Sax at Christies
a featured performer, Peter has long been a favourite of European jazz festival
audiences. Peter has been a special guest of Lalo Schifrin with various Symphony
Orchestras at concerts in Germany and Switzerland and joined him in Israel for a
concert in January 2000 with the Israeli Philharmonic. Peter was the only
non-American artist invited to perform at the Gem Theatre in Kansas City during
a week of celebrations in honour of Charlie Parker in March 1999.
In the summer of 1999, Peter played and performed his first ‘ ACTING '
role in the Julian Barry play ‘LENNY'. The work involved being on stage
throughout the play and acting in several small scenes, as well as his playing
in a searing bop group of jazz all stars. Directed by Sir Peter Hall and with
Eddy Izzard in the title roll, LENNY is about the life of Lenny Bruce and
received rave reviews when it opened in London's West End. In March 2000 he
toured with Benny Golson and his tribute band, ‘ROOTS'.
A prolific composer and arranger, his most ambitious work to date is probably
"Janus", a BBC commission, featuring his own Quartet and the "Lyric String
Quartet". He has many albums to his name, including ‘Tamburello' (which won the
Best CD of the Year prize at the ‘BT British Jazz Awards'. The latest CD's,
“Lush Life” and ‘Footprints', are now available on the same Miles Music label.
Peter's latest project is a full length two act Opera, ‘Zyklon'. He received
much encouragement and support in this from Sir Peter Hall and Julian Barry, who
has written the libretto. (A shortened version is to be performed at the
City University of New York on 13 Dec 2004).
In the Autumn of 2001 Peter went on the road again
with the new Charlie Watts Tentette, for which he wrote several arrangements. As
well as playing two weeks at Ronnie Scott's, the band played at the Blue Note in
Tokyo and New York. In October 2002 Peter visited Russia for an extensive and
highly successful solo tour. This was followed by a return trip in Aug 2003 when
his Quartet played at the Moscow Summer Festival, where Peter was presented with
a special LifeTime Achievement award.
Peter has composed a
full length two act opera, "Zyklon", with the libretto by Julian Barry. A short
workshop version was performed at the City University of New York on
13 Dec 2004 and
received a standing ovation.
is currently working on his autobiography, which is projected for publication
sometime in 2007 and also a new Jazz Mass, to be premiered at Newcastle
hear both Trane and Bird in his playing, but he is better than either of
”A wonderful musician, Peter
King, of course, is a master of his instrument. People are aware of that
here in America as well as in England”
"Peter King is one of the best
musicians in the world." . . . who travels very comfortably in the
language of jazz and at the same time, classical music. “I feel very
lucky to have met and to have worked with Peter”.
”Congratulations (on your opera) ‘Zyklon’. “I was very impressed with
your avant-garde writing techniques, and at the same time, your sense of
“ ...a great musician”
-“..World’s great Altoist, My
was born in
Sheffield, South Yorkshire. After completing a Music Degree at University
College Salford, he gained experience working on the thriving Manchester music
Mike moved to London in 1995, to attend the Guildhall School of Music and
Drama. Since then he has established himself as one of the UK's leading jazz
pianists and organists, making regular appearances with many of the country's
leading jazz musicians in London and throughout the UK.
He has also worked with
several prominent US musicians, as well as touring and recording with major
international acts Incognito and Us3.
Mike released his debut album "The Maze"
on the label 33 Records in March 2002. The Album received much critical acclaim
and was named Jazz CD of the Month in the Nov '02 BBC Music Magazine Mike
is involved with many ongoing bands and projects.
Michael Keith - before leaving
UK in 1981, played jazz in and around London with a number of players, including
Lol Coxhill, Simon Picard and Veryan Weston. based in Amsterdam, spent several
years involved in theatre, modern dance and mixed media performance groups &
projects. Touring in Europe and Australia. Moved to Asia in '87; in India played
with several groups / projects, incl. "East-West", w/Sarod master Usmahn Kahn.
Zen Samba, w/Alryio Lima (Weather Report): in Thailand, Korea and Japan, playing
with numerous players incl. Randy Cannon, Dave Sills, Dan Phillips, Ed Jones,
Damon Brown, Toku, Aoyagi Makoto, Yosuke Onuma, Shinji Nakamura, Paul Jackson,
Harvey Thompson, Kuwana Masahiro, Kojima Yoshinobu. Baba Takayoshi, Philip
some extra cash to buy your Memento CD's of these Stars and get them Autographed
Peter King Discography
BERNARD" (Miles Music)
KING IN PARIS" (Blue Silver)
(Blanco y Negro/W.E.A.)
MONTOLIU" Featuring Peter King (Fresh Sounds)
TRIBUTE TO PARKER (with strings)" Charlie Watts 4, Continuum
AND TENDER" (Charlie Watts Quintet) (Continuum Records)
AGO AND FAR AWAY" (The Charlie Watts Quintet) (Virgin)
BLUES" (Jimmy Witherspoon), (JSP)
TRAP" Peter King Quintet Scott's Jazz House
GEORGE COLMAN QUINTET" Scott's Jazz House
LIFE!” (Miles Music)
In Your Own Sweet Way
Body & Soul
How Deep is the Ocean - Mike Gorman Solo
Mr PC - Coltrane
Weaver of Dreams
Wouldn't it be Lovely - Mike Gorman Solo
Lush Life - Billy Strayhorn
Yes or No - Wayne Shorter
Did you attend this event? Want to add your own review or comment?
Great gig last
night Eddie, thanks! - Didn't Mike Gorman do well covering the bass, his brain
must have been in hyperdrive!
Beautiful sax from Peter! - . An education for me. - Warren
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