King’s Column

King’s Column

May 17, 2019
by Bill King

Few performers have wielded greater influence over a generation of aspiring musicians than Charles. Here is a look at the life and legacy of a true musical pioneer.

May 8, 2019
by Bill King

No artist has had a greater influence over jazz the past six decades than the trumpet titan. A new documentary look at the man is compelling viewing.

Mike Ross piano (l-r) Jeni Thai Nolan, Divine Brown, Meher Pavri and Raha Javanfar
May 3, 2019
by Bill King

Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre is presenting a new production based on the glories of the piano. His participation in the project leads Bill King to reminisce about his life with the instrument.

Steve Earle at the Cameron House, Toronto  Photo: Bill King
April 19, 2019
by Bill King

The hardcore troubadour has released a tribute to fellow Texan songwriting great Guy Clark but in this free-wheeling interview, he'd just as soon discuss politics, coal mining, the Yankees, and his deep love of Massey Hall. Photo: Bill King.

Horace Silver  Photo: Francis Wolff
April 11, 2019
by Bill King

A beautifully conceived new film by Swiss film-maker Sophie Huber documents the pioneering jazz label. Here Bill King resurrects an insightful chat with a Blue Note mainstay, Horace Silver.

April 5, 2019
by Bill King

Piano players grudgingly have a natural affection and admiration for one another; especially those that have mastered an idiom.  Reaching the pinna

March 29, 2019
by Bill King

The Toronto songwriter for the stars has released a new solo album. In this revealing interview, he discusses its creation, a disciplined work routine, his radio show, and songs that make him cry.

Peter Cardinali (l) and his longtime engineer John 'Beetle' Bailey
March 22, 2019
by Bill King

This musical renaissance man has played with and produced many of music's biggest names, as well as finding success as part of The Boomers. These days he focuses on running his Alma Records label and producing its artists. He is a man of 1,000 stories, some of which you'll hear here.

March 15, 2019
by Bill King

The Ford government in Ontario has now set out the rules that give students the right to opt-out of paying levies for campus clubs and organizations, among them student papers and radio stations. This represents a real attack on free speech.

Photo: Mark Miller
March 8, 2019
by Bill King

Ed Bickert was born in rural Hochfeld, Manitoba, November 1932 and grew up in Vernon, British Columbia.

Joe Sealy and Jay McShann at CJRT-FM  Photo: Bill King
February 22, 2019
by Bill King

Major changes at Toronto's jazz station are sparking optimism about a brighter future for the publicly funded FM. Here are some reminiscences and the fascinating story behind the station's creation. Pictured: Joe Sealy and Jay McShann

Little Caesar and the Consuls - Tom Wilson second from right. Photo: John Rowlands
February 15, 2019
by Bill King

For decades, he was one of Toronto's premier talent agents. He has now written a memoir that is a fascinating portrait of the halcyon days of the city's bar scene.