We have a guest arriving for the weekend..the beautiful daughter of friends we made when we lived in Houston. We first met her when she was a few months old on a return visit to Texas… and then as a child and a teenager.. Now a grown woman with a fabulous job in New York, she is in Dublin on business and is staying with us for the weekend.. A lovely treat and only sorry that her parents are now with her too.
And talking of friends… I would like to share a very special person who is on my playlist, who kindly sent me copies of his albums a few years ago.. You know him very well of course and it is William Price King.
Excitingly, with a new musical collaborator, he has just recorded some new videos and a CD which we can look forward to. For the past four years, William has contributed the music posts on a Wednesday.. now the Music Column and has introduced us to the backgrounds of some of the most iconic Jazz, Classical and Contemporary musicians and singers of the last 100 years.
Jazz, Classical and Contemporary: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-contemporary-classical-and-legends/
In the current series, we have been enjoying the music of the unique Johnny Mathis whose distinctive tones have accompanied us on our own life journey. You will also find series on Bono and Madonna.
Anyway.. I am going to share two of William’s own videos today to remind you of why he is such an amazing artist himself.
I am sure you will enjoy and I know he would love to answer your questions and read your comments.
and another of my favourites.
William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.
His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.
While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.
His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo called “Clear Cut,” and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.
In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.
William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION – https://williampriceking.tumblr.com
Connect with William
Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – https://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
Thank you for joining us this evening and look forward to your feedback.. thanks Sally