Peter King (saxophonist)

Peter King (Saxophonist)

Peter King (saxophonist)

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Peter John King (born 11 August 1940) is an English jazz saxophonist, composer, and clarinettist.

Early life

Peter King was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, on August 11, 1940. He took up the clarinet and saxophone as a teenager, entirely self taught. Though he began his working life as an apprentice cartographer at The Directorate of Overseas Survey , he quickly decided to become a professional musician.

In 1957 His first public appearances were playing alto in a trad jazz group at the Swan Public House, Mll Street, Kingston in a group organised by a trumpeter called Alan Rosewell, with whom he worked at the Directorate of Overseas Surveys


In 1959, at the age of nineteen, he was booked by Ronnie Scott to perform at the opening of Scott's club in Gerrard Street, London. In the same year he received the Melody Maker "New Star" award. He worked with Johnny Dankworth's orchestra from 1960 to 1961, and went on to work with the big bands of Maynard Ferguson, Tubby Hayes, Harry South, and Stan Tracey, the Brussels Big Band, and the Ray Charles band on a European tour. He has also played in small groups with musicians such as Philly Joe Jones, Zoot Sims,......
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