King’s Column

King’s Column

Warren with best friend and  partner, Elizabeth. Photo supplied
December 19, 2019
by Bill King

One of the glorious pleasures of writing for FYI is the people I get to speak to.

November 28, 2019
by Bill King

In this wide-ranging chat, the veteran broadcaster, record label head, and roots music authority reflects upon the fascinating career spawned by his passion for music.

October 18, 2019
by Bill King

“I'm in town and I'm just putting together my 15th annual Andy Kim Christmas [on December 4 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre at Exhibition Place in Toron

Photo: Bill King
October 11, 2019
by Bill King

Bobby Curtola’s career began at age 15 with Bobby and The Bobcats in Port Arthur, Ontario.

Photo: Bill King
August 16, 2019
by Bill King

From the archives comes this revealing interview with the great jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader who passed away last year. Photo: Bill King

August 9, 2019
by Bill King

From the vaults, here is a fascinating interview with one of jazz's most eloquent and elegant pianists.

August 2, 2019
by Bill King

It’s August and time for that good fun summer read.

Archie Alleyne (second from right) with Don Thompson, Bob Mover, and Jake Wilkinson
July 26, 2019
by Bill King

22 years in, this has been a popular fixture on the GTA jazz landscape. Here artistic director Sarah Kim and board member Mark Lemieux discuss plans for the 2019 edition. Pictured: Archie Alleyne and bandmates.

Barbados internet cafe 2004.  Photo: Bill King
July 19, 2019
by Bill King

A recent sight in a Montreal hotel lobby induced fond reflections upon an era of precarious internet access in Caribbean countries.

Jacob Collier   Photo Bill King
July 5, 2019
by Bill King

A veteran of what he considers the world’s finest jazz festival, Bill King reports from the front lines of the event's 40th edition. Jacob Collier (pictured) was one of many highlights.

Photo: Bill King – Big Sam Williams at TD Jazz Festival
June 27, 2019
by Bill King

The Toronto station finds itself in an opportune position to create a playlist that reflects the times and the diversity and multi-ethnic composition of the city. We asked station principals Pat Holiday and Lori Russell for their take on recent changes there. Pictured: Big Sam Williams at TD Jazz Festival.

Photo: Bill King
June 21, 2019
by Bill King

It was around 1956 when pops put up a hoop and strung chicken wire high up the fencing in our southern Indiana back yard.