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Crooner Paul King, born in Bay City, Mich., began singing early in life with his father in the church choir and community variety shows. Through his early-life musical studies in piano, saxophone and guitar, and later performances with rock bands while attending Michigan State University, King’s music is always evolving. While living in East Lansing, King continued his musical education in vocal jazz with Sunny Wilkinson, renowned jazz vocal artist and university professor. King’s musical journey continues today with a passion for fine tuning his style, technique and jazz chops, but always with a nod to the swingin’ crooners of big band era.
Today, King regularly sings with his swinging and award-winning big band, the Rhythm Society Orchestra (RSO), loved by dancers and swing music fans throughout the Midwest. You can also find King singing with many of Detroit’s best musicians at various jazz venues and supper clubs throughout the Motor City area, including the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, Cliff Bell’s and the London Chop House.
King and RSO are one of the hardest-working big band in metro Detroit, performing for various area events and live on local media, including WJR 760, WDET, WDIV Channel 4 and FOX 2 in Detroit. King and his bands are often nominated to the Detroit Music Awards, while he and RSO are eight-time winners of the Big III Battle of The Big Bands, held every year at Detroit’s Masonic Temple.
King’s recordings include Tom Loncaric’s I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby, RSO’s Linger Awhile, The Royal Garden Trio’s second self-titled recording and his and Scott Gwinnell’s production of Paul King With Strings. In addition, one of King’s songs was featured on the ABC hit show Men In Trees, and King and RSO can be seen and heard performing in the movie Forever In Time.
King’s sound has been described as “Sexy.” “Savvy.” “Sophisticated.” “Irresistible.” “Cocktail with an undeniable kick.”
Backing King for his May concert will be four of metro Detroit’s top jazz musicians: Scott Gwinnell, piano; Patrick Prouty, upright bass; Nate Winn, drums; and Steve Wood, saxophones.
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Your $30 ticket includes the concert, appetizers courtesy of Lake Street Tavern and 3 tickets for wine tastings. (Save 10% and buy the series.)
Ticketholders can mix and mingle while enjoying art from a Northville Art House artist (Jennifer Helner, May 14), a wine tasting from a local partner, and appetizers from local restaurants prior to each show, 7 to 8 p.m. (there will also be a cash bar with wine, beer and beverages for sale throughout the night).
The four concerts featuring metro-Detroit’s finest singers performing classic jazz standards (and originals) in the stylings of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat ‘King’ Cole and Billie Holiday will be held 8-10 p.m. Saturdays (January 9 – Brad McNett; March 12 – Jill Jack & The American Songbook Band; May 14 – Paul King; and July 9 -- Beth Stalker) in the intimate setting of the Tipping Point Theatre.