Legendary songstress Peggy King is one of the few, certifiable stars of stage, screen, television and nightclubs performing today; and her pairing with the charismatically swinging All-Star Jazz Trio is an irresistible combination
“Pretty, perky Peggy King” –as she was and is known--has worked in films and television with every star imaginable, from Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme’ to Sammy Davis, Jr. and Andre Previn, and her dozens of recordings through the years show just why she remains a favorite of America’s finest composers and lyricists. Indeed, one of the charming highpoints of the Emmy Award-winning HBO film, “Behind the Candelabra,” was Peggy King’s on-screen rendition of “When Liberace Winks at Me,” which she sang on television circa 1956.
Her credits could fill volumes, and those credits include film roles in “The Bad and the Beautiful” with Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner, “Zero Hour” with Dana Andrews and Linda Darnell, three years as a television regular on “The George Gobel Show,” and guest-starring stints with Steve Allen, Pat Boone, James Garner, Bob Hope, Nat “King” Cole, Ed Sullivan, Garry Moore, Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas, among many others. And yes, that’s Peggy King with Abbott and Costello in 1955’s cult favorite, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.”
Since teaming up with The All-Star Jazz Trio—pianist Andy Kahn, drummer Bruce Klauber and bassist Bruce Kaminsky--the combination has wowed sell out audiences in New York City, Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Those who have heard the buzz have all checked in with comments. Rex Reed, who just introduced Peggy King from the stage of 54 Below in New York City, said, “What a delectable talent she was and still is.” Jazz Times wrote, “Her intonation, interpretive powers, subtle sense of swing and range are all there, and in many ways better than they were in 1955.” The Philadelphia Inquirer just commented, “There’s a bittersweet nuance to everything she sings with her rich soprano, particularly favorites from Jerome Kern or Rodgers and Hammerstein. She could spend her life singing just their songs.”