Born in Oakland United States, Anne King multi-talented trumpeter (trumpet, flugelhorn,
piccolo trumpet and keyboards) has performed with many big names in music such as
Ray Charles, Guns'n'Roses, Lenny Kravitz, Elton John, Lou Bega, Shirley Bassey, Stevie
Wonder, The Temptations ..., among many others.
Anne has also shared the stage with "big band" and orchestres as a soloist trumpet
for Frank Sinatra Jr., Louis Bellson, the Burbak Symphony, The Concordia Symphony
and participated in several jazz festivals (Monterey Jazz Playboy Billy Taylor Jazz
...). She has also contributed to many albums including Jennifer Lopez and to many
television shows (Tonigh Show, American Idol, ...).
In 2010, she joined Katja Rieckermann and Jimmy Roberts to form a solid horn section
on the Rod Stewart's european tour.
To know more about Anne King, here's the bio that can be found on her superbe site.
... The early yearsâ€?/span>
I all started as a get out of class scheme. It was the 5th grade, and whoever wanted
to play and instrument could get out of class early. Anneâ€™s hand shot up and it all
began. Originally, like most every other student, she wanted to play the drums. But
when handed sticks and a rubber pad, Anne handed them back and requested something
â€œmore excitingâ€? This time, she was handed a trumpet mouthpiece. That was all she
would get for the first week, with instructions to practice buzzing. That first week
was filled with anticipation. Trumpet awareness kicked in. Gabrielâ€?the cavalryâ€?.
reveilleâ€?.ducks came from far and wide.
Before long, a nice lady from church offered to loan Anne a cornet in exchange for
performing in church. Though petrified, it was too good of a deal to pass up. She
accepted and began performing in public. In junior high school, a jazz band was formed
that led to high school jazz. Increasingly, music became a major passion in Anneâ€™s
One day, there were auditions for a student orchestra led by Chuck Mangione. Auditions
were held throughout the Bay Area, and Anne was thrilled to have won first chair.
But that was nothing compared to playing Chuckâ€™s arrangements, complete with full
strings and his touring rhythm section. Standing within the excitement of that well
written massive sound, her dedication increased. She listened daily to horn bands
like Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and Chicago, bebop bands like Horace Silver
and art Blakey, and the crossover band, The Brecker Brothers. Blue Mitchell, Tom
harrel and randy Brecker became her favourite trumpet players to listen to.
Growing up in the bay area, there was a lot of inspiration to be heard. Tower of
Power at the Old Waldorf, Maynard Ferguson at the Great American Music Hall, Sarah
As often as possible, Anne would venture up to the Fairmont Hotel, put her ear to
the door of the Venetian Room and listen to the faint sounds of Tony Bennett. Once
in a while, the â€œhard on the outside, soft on the insideâ€?Maitre would allow her
to step inside with a warning to stay silent and still. That wasnâ€™t difficult. Inside
was sheer breathtaking. The showroom was filled with elegant people sitting at elegant
tables. Onstage under smiling and singing to the world, was Tony Bennet. Behind him,
was the most swinging band Anne had ever heard. There was no question at this point
that Anne was hooked and this would be her career path.
After high school, Anne decided to move to Los Angeles to attend Cal. State Northridge
and study music. Within months of being in Los Angeles, Ann Patterson invited Anne
to do Johnny Carsonâ€™s Tonight Show with her band Maiden Voyage, which included playing
a 24 bar solo. After 3 years at CSUN, Anne decided to pursue a full time music career.
Anne plays with famous and various musicians and bands : Some of them : Shirley
Bassey, Eric Benet, Gunâ€™s and roses, Steven Tyler, Lenny Kravitz, Ray Charles, Stevie
Wonder, the Temptations, the Four tops and Rod Stewart to name a few.
Born in Oakland, California, Anne now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two
Anne King, September 18, 2010
Hi Scotty, Here ya go! Have fun, Anne
Have your musical tastes changed over the years? Not â€œchangedâ€?as much as maybe â€œgrownâ€?
Iâ€™ve always liked R & B and jazz foremost, but being a professional musician, Iâ€™ve
played in many different styles of bands. In particular, playing in ethnic bands
really grew my musical ear and understanding of each particular ethnic culture. Do
you feel youâ€™ve achieved your music potential? A.K. - I donâ€™t know any musician that
would say yes to that! I am always striving to grow. Do you know some French songs? Oui
oui!! â˜?Câ€™est si bon. We also used to sing Alouette in grade school!
Do you need to go back to San Francisco where you grew up? To recharge you, to return
to your roots? I donâ€™t go very often anymore, unless it is to do a gig in the Bay
Area. Sometimes, in my travels, a city will remind me of the East Bay, like Manchester
has that effect on me and made me feel sort of at home.
Can you tell us about your best memory of musician? The day I went to school and they
put a trumpet in my hands.
You seem to love nature, animals, travels ... can you tell us more about your hobbies? Nature
is calming and I always love fresh air. Animals are a cause I donate time and funds
to. I care deeply how they are treated. A few years ago I became a vegetarian. My
hobbies usually involve something physical. I love to swim (love any sport requiring
water) and I enjoy my regular hikes with my dogs. Iâ€™m game for just about anything
physical or adventurous. I also enjoy good movies, especially sci-fi.
What are the differences between a cheap trumpet and a professional trumpet? Manufacturing
quality, materialâ€?/span> Some student model trumpets can be pretty decent. Bach and Yamaha
make respectable ones (as well as good pro horns). A top quality professional horn
is usually better balanced between registers, might be better in tune or resonate
better. It's just capable of doing more. But the player has to be capable of doing
more too, and thatâ€™s why cheaper student models are fine for someone starting out.
I play a Schilke trumpet and it's the best made horn I've ever played.
For the uninitiated (which I am), the trumpet requires good breath. Do you exercise
this breath, for example through sport? Running and swimming definitely help. However,
it's not just good breath, but efficiency of breath. A hot air balloon has a lot
of air but can't play the trumpet It's beneficial that the body is strong not just
to house big air but to move the air. Compression directly requires the abdominal
and back muscles to engage. Muscles in the face are required to sustain a correct
embouchure. After a hard blowing 4 hour gig there are no muscles that aren't tired.
Trumpet players have to practice very regularly or muscles get weak and the endurance
Do you need to play your instrument every day through exercises, passages of difficult
pieces, scalesâ€? Yes, I try and play my horn everyday, although sometimes this is
prohibited by travel. I have a set routine that makes my chops feel solid, which
is usually a lot of boring calisthenics (long tones and scales). Once that is done,
I usually play musical etudes or improvisation.
Can you play a tune just by listening? Do you have perfect pitch? I donâ€™t have perfect
pitch, but I have very good relative pitch and pitch memory. If Iâ€™ve played the trumpet
early in the day and then hear a trumpet recording later that day, Iâ€™ll know what
note it is. I can play horn lines pretty much just by listening.
What Rod songs would you prefer to play? What is the title from Rod that comes closest
to your musical universe? I like playing Baby Jane and Infatuation because they are
both fun to play and get me around all the ranges of the horn. Musical universe title?
Rhythm of my Heart.
On your website, you say that â€œRod is truly delightfulâ€? Can you develop? I find him
REALLY easy to like. Heâ€™s a gentleman. Heâ€™s engaging and generous and he has an easy
quick sense of humor.
Have you some amusing anecdotes about the humor of Rod? Itâ€™s hard to pinpoint any
exact thing without taking it out of context. You can see his humor in his shows,
like how he sometimes introduces the members of the band for instance. I've also
worked with director Christopher Guest in live Spinal Tap concerts and also in his
movie, For Your Consideration. It occurs to me that they would get along and have
a hilarious time together. Also, Chris loves improvisation and Rod is very good at
Can you give some advice to beginners, who want to follow the same career as you? Get
a good teacher and put in the time practicing. Don't look for shortcuts. This IS
the shortcut. While other people are wasting their time looking for a shortcut you
will be getting ahead practicing. If you are not making progress in a certain area
don't be afraid to take a lesson here or there with other teachers. No one teacher
knows everything. The more you practice the better you'll sound and the more you'll
get asked to join bands. The more bands you join, the more experience you get which
also improves your playing. The better you sound, the better are the bands or gigs
you get called for. Say yes a lot. There is always something you can learn in a playing
situation and you never know who is considering you for something better. Have a
generous and cheerful attitude. This helps everyone play their best. No one feels
comfortable playing next to a drag, no matter how talented they are. Show up on time.
Visualize how you want to sound and the gigs you want to be playing. Believe and
never give up.
Could you describe a typical day before a concert the same evening? For example,
the day of the concert in Dortmund (Germany), what are the roles of each one....
preparation, breakfast, makeup, sound checks, the curtainâ€¦concert, backstageâ€?/span> I usually
try arrive at the venue early, close to noon. It gives me time to practice in a relaxed
timeline. Soundcheck usually happens at 5pm. Then we have dinner at the venue and
start getting ready for the show, which is usually at 8pm. After the show, we wind
down and sometimes have guests, maybe a glass of wineâ€?although, I remember Dortmund
being very hot and humid. It might have been a bucket of ice!
Have you worked choreography with the horn section? You have a very nice presence
on stage! Thank you! We didn't really work on any choreography. Everything came pretty
Rod introduce you just before you play an air cavalry, before the song "Da ya think
I'm sexy" ... Who suggested that? The trumpet call is all Rod. It's a good example
of him having fun and spotlighting one of his musicians (in this case, me!)
Chuck Kentis is the Music Director of the group, but have you also the opportunity
to propose arrangements (improvisation, etc ...) The horn arrangements were kind of
a group effort between Chuck, Katja, me and Jimmy. Many of the lines existed but
needed to be harmonized. Some lines we just made up in the rehearsal before the tour.
It all went easily because it's such an agreable group. As far as the improvised
solos, my idea on Having A Party was kind of a new Orleans vibe with all the horns
soloing at once like a party atmosphere. Needless to say, I was alone in that vision
(haha ) and so I ended up soloing by myself. We are very fortunate that Rod likes
to give his band individual time onstage.
Do you like the last Rod's album, "Soul book" that leaves the spotlight on the horn? Absolutely.
Iâ€™ve been listening to this stuff since I first picked up the trumpet.
Have you felt like a big family within the band of Rod Stewart, a great complicity
between you? Yes. This is the best bunch of people I've ever been on the road with.
Can you tell us whether you'll be in the band for the next tour, U.S. in 2011? and
your futur projects ! We are scheduled to do several TV appearances for the Standards
Vol. 5 in October. Also, in November, we will be doing 2 weeks at the Caesars Palace
in Las Vegas.
We were very pleased to meet you backstage ; you're a sensitive and a very charming
Thank you Anne to have accepted to answer these questions for the futur site Rod
Stewart On Air.
As-tu besoin de retourner Ã San Francisco oÃ¹ tu as grandi ? Pour te ressourcer, pour
revenir Ã tes racines ?
Je n'y vais plus trÃ¨s souvent, si ce n'est pour faire un concert dans la Baie de
San Francisco. Parfois, dans mes voyages, une ville me rappelle East Bay, Manchester
par exemple a cet effet sur moi et cela me donne l'impression d'Ãªtre chez moi.
Peux-tu nous parler de tes meilleurs souvenirs de musicienne ?