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Bill King

CJRT-FM (JAZZ.FM91)
Toronto, ON, Canada
Bill King’s recorded career goes back to 1965 and 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.

King arrived in Canada in 1969 and scored a recording 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. Through the years King has been nominated three times for Juno’s, 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.

Through the 60’s and 70s’ King was music director for Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Martha Reeves, the Pointer Sisters, Craig Russell and others. King even served a one-year stint as a “Hawk” with Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks in 1983.

King can be heard on numerous recordings from Stan Rogers, John Allan Cameron, The Rockit 88 Band, The Rhythm Express, The Saturday Nite Fish Fry – hundreds of tracks with an array of accomplished singers. King’s produced vocalists Liberty Silver, Sophie Milman, Shakura S’Aida, June Garber, Cornelia Luna, Kinga Hemming, and many others. As music director, King has headed the SOCAN Awards, The Director ‘s Guild of Canada, the annual Children’s Aid Gala, and past five years and involved with the Canadian Cinema & Television festivities.

King began in radio at Q 107 in 1985, CIUT 89.5 FM 1986-87, hosted the nationally carried Jazz Report Radio Network 1988-91 in 26 Canadian cities, CJRT/JAZZ.FM91.1 2000 – 2005, Newstalk 1010 since 2011. King recently returned to JAZZ.FM91.1 with a weekly Tuesday night 9-midnight show, Soul Nation Radio with Juno Award winning son, Jesse King.

Along with these endeavors King published the Jazz Report Magazine 1988-2006 and has been artistic director of the Beaches International Jazz Festival 31 years since it’s inception in 1988.
As a photographer, King has published five books: In Concert: Essays, Interviews and Images – The Night & the Music - Cuba: A photographic Journey - Saturdays with Ted (Ted Woloshyn Newstalk 1010) and Our Community: The Beaches International Jazz Festival.

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