King’s Column

King’s Column

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.

May 30, 2019
by Bill King

Here are five takes on songs that still excite generations from a timeless score and masterful storyline.

Photo (l-r): Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane
May 24, 2019
by Bill King

A rarely broadcast interview tape with the famed pianist is full of fascinating insights into the making of arguably the most popular jazz album ever.

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.