Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
14 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, United States
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman
("You have to talk about how jazz is like a language. Musi...)
"You have to talk about how jazz is like a language. Musical improvisation can put people at a distance, primarily because of jazz's limited exposure. When people realize that everyone who creates a sentence is improvising within basic rules, making statements up spontaneously, the music begins to make more sense." –Jonny King Imagine you are in the audience of a jazz club. The piano player invites you up on stage to meet the musicians after the set is finished. You listen to them talkabout the tempo of the last tune, the order of songs for their next set, and the different jazz greats they admire. What Jazz Is gives you the experience of "being there" as Jonny King takes you on stage and into the core of modern jazz. From the unique perspective of a professional jazz pianist, King explores the basic elements and language of jazz. He explains each instrument's role in locking in the tempo, establishing the harmony, and stating the melody, and he reveals the order and logic behind the seeming randomness of improvisation. Along the way, he celebrates the distinctive playing styles of such classic jazz artists as Art Blakey, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk, as well as his contemporaries, such as Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and Joshua Redman. Whether you are about to attend a jazz club for the first time or buy your umpteenth CD, your listening experience will be enhanced by reading this eloquent and passionate account of how jazz works and why it sizzles!
King graduated from the Princeton University as a Bachelor of Arts in 1987. He became a Doctor of Jurisprudence at the Harvard University in 1991.
King began his career as a trial associate with a law firm in Boston in 1991. Next year he held a position of a law clerk to the Senior United States District Court Douglas P. Woodlock. He worked at the organization Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman as an intellectual property attorney from 1994.
King has become a self-employed jazz pianist in 1980. He has several recorded albums. In addition, he is a musical composer. King has performed with such musicians as Eddie Harris, Vincent Herring, Christian McBride, OTB, Joshua Redman, Mark Turner and Steve Wilson.
Concerning his writings, King wrote a 1997 book What Jazz Is.
("You have to talk about how jazz is like a language. Musi...)1997
"I am a lifelong professional jazz pianist and composer. My motivation is simply to introduce curious listeners to the basic concepts and techniques of jazz."
"I generally communicate through my music, either live or in recordings. What Jazz Is represents my effort to do the same thing through words."
King is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa.