Jackie with Willie and Ray on Austin City Limits - Les Paul and Jackie backstage at the Iridium in New York
After holding a full-time staff position teaching at the Music Institute (then GIT) Jackie King created and owned the Southwest Guitar Conservatory, which drew students from around the world and was featured in Guitar Player Magazine. He received an honorary Master’s degree from San Francisco State University and served on the board of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. Jackie King’s educational products have continued to be in print for almost 20 years: REH-Warner Bros. Hotlines book & cassette, Contemporary Guitar Improvisation on Hotlicks Videos. Year 2002 saw the release of King’s first book for the Mel Bay Company, Getting Into Jazz Guitar, which is currently available worldwide. Jackie has taught clinics/seminars and lectured throughout the US at prestigious music schools such as Berklee College of Music and the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), and served on a music industry panel at the International Association for Jazz Education convention in Los Angeles.
Jackie King’s wealth of musical and improvisational knowledge and his ability to communicate this knowledge in a highly accessible manner to students of all ages and playing levels has made him one of the most respected and sought after clinicians in the U.S. and abroad. He is able to convey concepts of musical theory as easily as he imparts his knowledge of the entertainment industry.
Jackie is currently serving as guitarist Artist in Residence at the revolutionary Indaba Music. Indaba Music (http://www.indabamusic.com) is a social network and web application that enables musicians from all over the world to collaborate together online. Members can connect with an international community of over 700,000 musicians from 175 countries to create online recording sessions - editing and mixing tracks recorded in different parts of the world using an online digital audio work station. The Indaba Artist in Residence program is designed for experts in a particular field of music to share their unique knowledge with the Indaba community.
As an author Jackie King’s articles and lessons have appeared in Jazz Times, All About Jazz, and Just Jazz Guitar. As a composer, one of his compositions, The Great Divide, is the title track for Willie Nelson’s CD which was nominated for Album of the Year (Grammy) and garnered the superstar another gold record in 2003. The title track to Jackie’s upcoming release, I Remember the Stars, is another original composition and features legendary jazz pianist Marian McPartland of NPR‘s Piano Jazz, the longest running jazz radio program in history.
As an artist Jackie King has been reviewed and featured in prominent media such as Vintage Guitar, Jazz Times, Downbeat, Guitar Player, 20th Century Guitar, Jazziz, and NPR’s Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. The quarterly, Just Jazz Guitar, ran an excerpt from Jackie’s Getting Into Jazz Guitar book and a review of the highly acclaimed book. King performs throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan, and performed on The Jazz Cruise (sponsored by Jazz Times magazine), traveling to the East Caribbean, in 2004. Jackie King has performed extensively with Chet Baker, Ray Charles, Richie Cole, Willie Nelson, the Boston Pops, the Joffrey Ballet, and has served as a touring artist/ clinician for the California Arts Council.
Jackie King’s recordings include releases on Columbia Records, Mercury Records, his own Indigo Moon Records, Concord Records, NPR and numerous other labels. November 2002 saw the release of NPR’s Marian McPartland and Friends Jazz Christmas CD featuring a duet with Jackie King and Marian McPartland, and a live CD titled Willie Nelson featuring Jackie King on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. In 2003 Jackie was featured on many CDs, DVDs and television shows with Willie Nelson; too numerous to list. 2004 saw the release of Jackie King's Phone call for Charlie Parker, a live recording featuring alto saxophonist, Richie Cole, from King’s sold out 2003 East coast tour. In 2005, Jackie King joined a line-up of legendary jazz legends such as Clark Terry, Tony Bennett, Phil Woods, and Jim Hall as well as newcomers Norah Jones, Bill Charlap and Jason Moran, in a celebration of Marian McPartland's birthday at New York's historic Birdland. This resulted in the 2-disc, live recording: 85 Candles - Live in New York.
2012 will see the release of Jackie King’s first acoustic CD, What Child Is This? His next solo CD, I Remember the Stars, with guest artist Marian McPartland, will be released afterwards, followed by King’s first classical CD, Ramblings of Madmen.
When Jackie is not on the road he records, composes, writes and teaches a limited number of private students. In 2005, after the death of his oldest son, Jackie took a hiatus from public performance to reflect on the musical gifts he has been given and those he would like to share with all music lovers. In this time he has been writing a guitar concerto for full orchestra and preparing the material for the launch of "Jackie's Vault" - an innovative adventure for all who share his love of music - to be found on this new website: www.JackieKingMusic.com in 2013.