Jazz saxophonist and woodwind artist Bill King is a dynamic musician who has performed throughout the world including the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Bill grew up in Greenville, South Carolina where he studied music at the Greenville Fine Arts Center. He graduated with a bachelor degree in music education/performance certificate from the University of South Carolina. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force.
In March of 2009, Bill retired from the United States Air Force bands after 21 years where he was a woodwind specialist. During 14 of those years Bill was the music director of the Jazz bands at USAF Band of the Golden West, USAF Reserve Band, USAF in Europe Band and the USAF Band of the West. He was responsible commissioning hundreds of compositions and arrangements as well as producing numerous recording projects. He also performed in the concert band on clarinet, flute, and bassoon while often being featured as a classical saxophone soloist.
Currently based in San Antonio, Texas, Bill established himself by playing with some of the area’s best bands including the San Antonio Jazz Orchestra, Gerry Gibb’s “Thrasher’ Big Band, The Paul Elizondo Orchestra, The Mambo Kings and Henry Brun’s Latin Players. His skill on a variety of woodwind instruments is on display in many of the “Broadway across America” productions at the famous “Majestic Theater” in San Antonio. He is the founder and music director of the King William Jazz Collective, a 12 piece all-star band performing monthly at the local jazz showcases Carmen’s De La Calle and Luna Live.
Over the years, Bill performed and recorded with many of the jazz greats to include Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Chris Potter, Ernie Watts, Marvin Stamm, Manhattan Transfer, Eddie Daniels, Rufus Reid, Ellis Marsallis, Jason Marsallis, and Michael Abene. He also backed such musical pop stars as Johnny Mathis, Petula Clark, Clint Black, Faith Hill, The Temptations, and Winnona Judd.
In 2010, Bill produced, arranged, and performed on the CD release, Feelin’ Alright with Johnny P and the Wiseguys. Noted jazz critic and author, Scott Yanow wrote, “Bill King emerges as most valuable player with excellent solos on tenor, alto, soprano and alto flute.”
In 2010, Bill suffered a major heart attack. After recovering he has gone on to perform with Eddie Palmeri, Jeff Coffin, Franky Vasquez, The Temptations, Four Tops, the OJays. Frankie Valli and Four Seasons, Kristen Chenoweth and The Lionel Hampton All Star Big Band with Diane Shurr and Jason Marsalis. He was also a clinician adjudicator for the 2013 Longhorn Jazz Festival at the University of Texas and the 2014 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho.
In 2013-2014 he released 2 jazz Albums. “Debut” The Bill King Quartet and the self titled “King William Jazz Collective”. “The King William Jazz Collective” CD has attained #20 on the Jazz Week Charts and #5 on The Roots Music report (Both are National radio airplay charts).
Private Lessons and Master Classes are available for Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone.