Following the passing of Peter King, we have been offered the opportunity to publish an interview with him which was done during a trip to Kansas City where he played at the unveiling of the Charlie Parker Memorial Sculpture on 27 March 1999.
The interview, in two parts/tracks (the second can be played by scrolling forwards) has been kindly provided by Verne Christensen, a jazz fan from Kansas City, whose role in making that trip happen is gratefully acknowledged in Peter King’s autobiography.
The interview was done by the late Dick Wright of radio station KANU in Lawrence, Kansas.
parents Edward and Winifred King
(time in shows and pit orchestras)
Pete King (of Ronnie Scott’s)
Hungarian folksong/ Bartok
Robert Graham (sculptor)
Olathe South High School
Fact that PK was self-taught
Kenny Clarke/ Francy Boland
Big bands and “retro”/ Glenn Miller
Herb Miller / brother of Glenn
Piano Concerto for Joanna McGregor
San Sebastian Festival
Lyric String Quartet
Adapting string parts