King’s Column

King’s Column

September 20, 2018
by Bill King

At the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival, this compelling film won the coveted People's Choice Award. Winners often go on to Academy Award glory, and Bill King considers this one Oscar-worthy.

September 14, 2018
by Bill King

"Jones never goes light and easy. This in many ways is the underlining theme to the new documentary Quincy, tracking his life from his roots beginning in a downtrodden Chicago neighbourhood."

Dub Arc studio
September 7, 2018
by Bill King

The music of the king of reggae, on full display at a legendary show at Massey Hall, had a huge impact on Bill King, and, later, upon his son, Juno-winning producer Jesse 'Dubmatix' King.

Little Feat
August 31, 2018
by Bill King

One of the very best American bands of the '70s, their music, especially Dixie Chicken, was the perfect soundtrack for a Stateside road trip.

Chester Thompson and Phil Collins
August 17, 2018
by Bill King

The masterful American drummer has shone in a wide array of settings, from Frank Zappa to Weather Report to the Pointer Sisters to Genesis with Phil Collins (pictured). Learn more of his fascinating career in this interview from the archives of a former bandmate.

August 10, 2018
by Bill King

Delroy Figgins praised Art Tatum as being the only true pianist on the planet who explored every inch of the instrument, even the splintered grooves in the wood frame, charred cigarette holes, down to the pedals near the floor. Figgins said when Tatum played the piano he seduced every inch of its ebony flesh. Both men played a signature version of ‘Tenderly’ preserved on piano rolls.

Beaches International Jazz Festival
August 3, 2018
by Bill King

Ford is pissed at us locals. By contrast, Ford’s nemesis, Mayor John Tory is eloquent and cultured and can’t be bought for a can of tinned hot dogs and a slogan. No match for a guy who missed over fifty per cent of council votes.

July 13, 2018
by Bill King

With the full legalization of cannabis in Canada just three months away, Bill King reminisces about his colourful and oft-dangerous history with the herb before giving it up 23 years ago.

The Malecon, Havana   Photo: Bill King
July 6, 2018
by Bill King

Life as a musician at sea may sound glamorous, but not if you're working for a dictatorial Romanian diva. Bill King survived to tell the tale here, and he remains a lover of ocean travel.

Santa Clara
June 29, 2018
by Bill King

Getting lost on a visit to Cuba nearly 25 years ago forged a strong friendship with a young local musician. A tearful reunion in Toronto last week brought back vivid memories and reaffirmed the power of music.

Sly And The Family Stone
June 1, 2018
by Bill King

I’ve been with the same woman forty-nine years and that bond is still as powerful as our early days. She’s fierce, no-nonsense and a champion of everything women. I’ve learned so much from her. I’ve heard her fears, her battles with the dark side of men in her early days, and the comfort and security of knowing she can be herself in a long-term relationship.

May 24, 2018
by Bill King

I must admit feeling incredibly nostalgic at this moment; something I rarely entertain. What happens on stage is logged in memory through sounds and performances, the entertainers and musicians.