King on the wing

27 February 2011

The title of saxophonist Peter King's autobiography - Flying High: A Jazz Life And Beyond - conceals the other passion of his life, aeromodelling, of which he is a distinguished lifelong devotee. That, Bartók, orchestral composition and more are in the book, published on 23 March.

Peter recalls experiences with Bud Powell, Milt Jackson, Ray Charles, Anita O’Day, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Hampton Hawes, Al Haig, Philly Joe Jones, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dakota Staton, Red Rodney, Jon Hendricks, Tony Bennett and Marlene Dietrich.

Reviewing the book in the May 2011 issue of Jazz Journal, Dave Gelly says:

"To say that the Peter King who reveals himself in this book is a complicated individual is like saying that it gets a bit breezy on Beachy Head in winter. What emerges is a mixture of great natural talent, high intelligence, obsessive application to a task, and a collection of sensitivities and phobias so acute as to be at times disabling. And then, of course, there’s the drugs."

Peter talks about the book at three events in April:

With Ian Shaw, Wednesday 6 April, Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 7 Frith St, London W1, 6pm. Free admission. Tel 020 7439 0747.

With Roger Cotterrell at The Gallery at Foyles Bookshop (113-119 Charing Cross Rd., London WC2) on Thursday 7 April at 6.30pm. Free admission. Please reserve online at or email

With Julian Joseph at The 606 Club (90 Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10) on Monday 11 April. More at Tel 020 7352 5953. (Entrance fee, including the Peter King Quartet gig).

RRP: £20 ISBN: 978 09550908 9 9 Publication date: 23 March 2011 346 pages, 216 x 138 mm Hardback, illustrated throughout. More from Northway or

There's much more on Peter and aeromodelling in Bill Shoemaker's Point Of Departure.

Peter King book web

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