Described by Downbeat as "one of the strongest piano voices of the new generation," Jonny King has played jazz piano since the age of nine. He was born in 1965 in New York City, where he made an early acquaintance with piano legends Teddy Wilson and Earl "Fatha" Hines. Exposure to these seminal pianists, along with an impromptu performance with Dizzy Gillespie when King was only ten years old, fueled King's interest in jazz.
Although King is primarily self-taught, he did study privately in the early 1980s with the late bebop pianist Tony Aless and rising star Mulgrew Miller, who would become one of King's key mentors, Whenever school or another gig allowed, King also spent his free time in the fertile environment of Manhattan's jazz clubs. By the time he was a teenager, he was already working as a sideman in the New York clubs, and he found himself sitting in with the likes of Art Blakey and many other jazz qreats.
King's musical career has taken him all over the world, and he has played extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. As a bandleader, he is a regular presence in the New York club scene, where he often features his own ensemble at Sweet Basil, The Jazz Standard, and the now defunct Bradley's and Visiones. As a sideman, he has toured the world as a member of Joshua Redman's Quartet and performed with the Blue Note Records cooperative band, OTB. He has also been privileged to work with many of today's finest musicians, including Christian McBride, Ralph Moore, Bobby Watson, Kenny Garrett, David Sanchez and Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell, the late Eddie Harris, Jesse Davis, Randy Brecker, Vincent Herring and numerous others.