Long considered one of the greatest alto saxophonists in the world, Peter King is also a prolific composer/arranger working in both the jazz and classical traditions. In a career spanning five decades of musical accomplishment, King has also found time to master the science of aerodynamics and model aviation, a field in which he has published numerous papers in leading journals. His autobiography, Flying High: A Jazz Life and Beyond, is available on www.waterstones.com, or on amazon.
King has played with many jazz greats including Bud Powell, Red Rodney, The Ray Charles Orchestra, Lalo Schifrin, Philly Joe Jones, and Elvin Jones, who said this of Peter– “A wonderful musician…(and) of course, a master of his instrument. People are aware of that here in America as well as in England”
Among his many albums Tamburello, (released in 1994), won Best CD of the Year prize at the BT British Jazz Awards. One of his best known recorded works is Janus, commissioned by the BBC. Janus was a bold and innovative work which combined both the Jazz and Classical forms. Recorded with his own regular quartet and featuring the Lyric String Quartet, the CD of Janus received wide critical acclaim. In December of 2004, his full-length opera Zyklon, (Libretto by Julian Barry), the story of the controversial German scientist Fritz Haber, was premiered in recital form as part of the City University of New York’s ‘Science and the Arts Series’.
In 2008 he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Roehampton University in recognition of his diverse accomplishments. He is also a guest professor at the same university.
She used to love to party, probably still does – but every time we did a show she was right on it. Every single time, total total professional. And brilliant, so talented, not only her singing but her lyrics… writing lyrics and so on. A very hip lady.
There was always a great buzz going around when hanging out with Annie, you never knew who you’d bump into you know. I met a lot of very famous people hanging out with Annie.