I am no different than any musician who has picked up an instrument, practiced, crash-landed on stage, and fumbled his way through introductions, negotiations, verbal agreements, contracts, and industry grifters. It wasn’t until I sat across the table behind a microphone in front of record label chiefs, promo kings, radio personalities, concert photographers, music journalists, and entrepreneurs I was able to get a sense of what truly bonds us. First the music, then the business. It all starts with a childhood fantasy—a functional microphone, an entry level instrument, a floor-length mirror, a fascination with sound and an artfully packaged recorded document. Art and the business of art have historically occupied two seemingly incongruent planets. I’m expressing this as a “from the ground up” small business musician with no practical training in accounting or contract law other than performing for a fee and paid in cash or check! That’s the region most musicians dwell in. These adjacent worlds either collide, co-exist, or work in tempo with one another. It became apparent I had to divide Talk! Conversations in All Keys into two volumes – The Artists and The Music Business after the weight on one complete edition-would surpass the 1000-page mark. What most endears me about these conversations?
We are all music fans, lovers, experts, dreamers, opinionated, and eager to share. That personality behind the microphone owns the same slice of vinyl as the player. That record executive owns most every Ozzy and Mick side. That photographer documents, prints, and shares history. The music journalist records their impressions in real-time. Notes fall from the player’s hands and lips, then recycled through the passion and care of others. Talk! Vol.#2 The Business is history is our music history, from the boardroom to the stage
About the Author
William (Bill) King’s recording career began in 1965 with a cover recording of jazz great Bobby Timmon’s classic soul-jazz hymnal “Moanin’” by the southern band, The Chateaus – Louisville, KY. King arranged and played piano on the top 50 Billboard hit.
King arrived in Canada in late 1969 and scored a record deal with legendary producer Jack Richardson and his Nimbus 9 label, who then recorded and released Every Living Thing by Homestead – King’s band. Then came two solo projects for Capitol Records – Goodbye Superdad and Dixie Peach under the helm of producer Paul Hoffert and H.P.&Bell.
Through the years King has been nominated for three Juno’s, won New Artist of the Year with his Rockit 88 Band at the 2003 Maple Blues Awards, two-time Producer and Photographer of the Year from the National Jazz Awards – four nominations for Jazz Journalist of the Year, and twice nominated for Jazz Photo of the Year by the International Jazz Journalist Association.
King has played on numerous recordings from Stan Rodgers, John Allan Cameron, The Rockit 88 Band, The Rhythm Express, OKAN, Dubmatix, The Saturday Nite Fish Fry – hundreds of tracks with an array of accomplished singers. His keyboard work comes with a distinctive style, rooted in American jazz and blues. King produced vocalists Liberty Silver, top-selling Sophie Milman, Shakura S’Aida, June Garber, Cornelia Luna, Kinga Heming, among others. King was also the music director for Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Martha Reeves, Craig Russell, The Pointer Sisters, and others.
King’s career in radio began at Q -107 in 1985, eventually building a national network, The Jazz Report Radio Network (1988-91), heard in 26 Canadian cities. Currently, King hosts the Bill King Show at CIUT 89.5 FM – music director/cohost of the Saturdays with Ted - Newstalk 1010 and Soul Nation at Jazz.FM91 with son Jesse King.
Along with these endeavors, King published the Jazz Report Magazine 1988-2006, produced the Jazz Report and National Jazz Awards, Jazz at the ROM, music director for Director’s Guild Awards, five years with Children’s Aid Gala, and has been artistic director of the Beaches International Jazz Festival since it was inception in 1988. King has also published four books of concert and travel photography.
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