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In Memory of Peter King. Jazz Great. 1940 - 2020

Posted: 01/09/2020
"Barnes & Mullins were honoured to have many interactions with Peter due to his long-standing use of Yanagisawa Saxophones. "

Barnes & Mullins and Yanagisawa UK would like to pay tribute to the late, great Peter King who sadly passed away on 23rd August 2020 at the age of 80.

Hailed throughout his long and distinguished career as “one of the very best musicians in the world” and the “finest alto saxophonist that Great Britain ever produced”, Barnes & Mullins were honoured to have many interactions with Peter due to his long-standing use of Yanagisawa Saxophones.

To quote the excellent obituary by Simon Spillet, published in JazzwiseHis recorded legacy may not be as considerable as his talent warranted yet it contains some of the finest jazz ever made by a UK-born musician. Nothing though can quite equal the heady thrill of hearing him live, of the pull and punch of that tone, the spiralling energy of those complex lines, and the sheer life-affirming impact of time spent in the presence of a true jazz master. These are things that seemed to have been present on the UK jazz scene for an age, often accessible for little more than the price of a pint and a raffle ticket. Now they are here no longer, and we will all be that much the poorer.

Rest in Peace, Peter King. Jazz Great.
11th August 1940 – 23rd August 2020.