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The saxophonist Ben "King" Perkoff was born in 1953 in Santa Monica, California -what he does with his exceptional feeling for tradition and music makes him

THE "Honker and Shouter" of Berlin.

Either with his own band or other bands: He plays artistically in a very personal manner with distinctive signs of emotion and melancholy, inspired by his strongest influences King Curtis, JR. Walker, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane.

The "King" has played with Boz Scaggs, Paul Butterfield, Robert Cray, Big Mama Thorton, Big Joe Turner, Albert Collins, Maria Muldaur, Nick Gravenites, John Cipollina, Nicky Hopkins, Huey Lewis, Mary Wells, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield, Luther Tucker, Little Johnny Taylor etc.; on the King's CD "Sax Serenade" he recorded a dazzling blues, "Mister J", dedicated to John Coltrane, with the late, great, "all-world" saxophonist Joe Henderson as guest. He has played in Berlin with Roger & the Evolution, Eb Davis Band, Blue Bayou Band, Nick Katzman, Guitar Crusher, Rudy Stevenson, Steve “Big Man” Clayton, Boogie Radio, Professor Washboard etc. 

The “King” recorded another CD, “Let’s Stay Together” at the Saloon in San Francisco featuring his uncle Simon Perkoff on keyboards and his cousin Max Perkoff on trombone. The "King" recorded a third CD, "Blue Fun" with his Berlin band featuring Rudy Stevenson on guitar.

 Ben "King" Perkoff plays his own compositions as well as Blues and Jazz standards. His brilliant playing on tenor, alto and the seldom played sopranino saxophone is complemented by his flute playing.

The ancient Rhythm and Blues ritual "walking the bar" that Ben "King" Perkoff resurrects must be seen as well as heard, and along with the legendary "Texas Tenor Saxophone" sound that he plays it is truly an experience.

You have the possibility to see Ben "King" Perkoff and hear his special sound, the next time he plays. Don't miss it!

LONG LIVE THE KING!

Ben "King" Perkoff -  Berlin, Germany                                                    Tel. & Fax: (+4930) 695 36329

Email:  kingperkoff@hotmail.com

             Den Saxophonisten
Ben "King" Perkoff  - geboren 1953 in Santa Monica, Kalifornien - macht sein außergewöhnliches Gefühl für Tradition und Musikalität zu  D E M "Honker and Shouter" Berlins.

Ob mit seiner eigenen Band oder anderen Formationen: Kunstvoll setzt er in sehr persönlicher Weise unverwechselbare Zeichen der Emotionen und Melancholie, inspiriert und am stärksten beeinflusst durch King Curtis, Jr. Walker, Charlie Parker und John Coltrane.

Der "King" spielte mit Boz Scaggs, Paul Butterield, Robert Cray, Big Mama Thorton, Big Joe Turner, Albert Collins, Maria Muldaur, Nick Gravenites, John Cipollina, Nicky Hopkins, Huey Lewis,
Mary Wells, Little Johnny Taylor, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield und Luther Tucker u.a.; mit dem leider jetzt gestorbenen "all-world" Saxophonisten Joe Henderson nahm "King" für seine CD " Sax Serenade" einen blendenden Blues: "Mister J" - gewidmet John Coltrane - auf. Er hat in Deutschland mit Roger & the Evolution, Blue Bayou Band, Stefan Diestelmann, Igor Flach, Eb Davis, Wayne Martin, Guitar Crusher, Steve “Big Man“ Clayton & Michael Maass, Nick Katzmann, Boogie Radio und Professor Washboard u.a. gespielt.

Der "King" hat eine zweite CD, die “Let’s Stay Together” heißt, im Saloon in San Francisco live aufgenommen. Auf der Cd sind unter anderem sein Onkel Simon Perkoff an Keyboards und sein Cousin Max Perkoff an Posaune. "King" hat eine Dritte CD, "Blue Fun“ mit seiner Band in Berlin aufgenommen. (Featuring Rudy Stevenson)

Ben "King" Perkoff spielt eigene Kompositionen; Außerdem spielt er Blues und Jazz-Standards. Sein brillantes Spiel auf dem Tenor,Alt, und dem selten gespielten Sopranino-Saxophon wird von seiner Querflöte
komplettiert
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Das alte Ritual des "Rhythm and Blues - walking the bar" - diese besondere Atmosphäre - ER lässt sie wieder auferstehen.

Wenn Ihr diesen legendären Texas- Tenor-Saxophon-Sound hört, ist es ein Ereignis.

Ihr habt die Gelegenheit, "King" und seinen besonderen Sound zu erleben, wenn er für Euch spielt.
               LONG LIVE THE KING!

Ben "King" Perkoff -  Berlin  Tel.& Fax: (030) 695 36329                                                                                                                                                                             

Email: kingperkoff@hotmail.com   –                                

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