Nancy King (jazz singer)

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Nancy King
Birth nameNancy King
GenresBebop, vocal jazz
Years active1959–current
WebsiteOfficial website

Nancy King (born June 15, 1940) is a jazz singer from Portland, Oregon.[1] Known for her masterful scatting and elastic range, King has performed in worldwide tours and recordings, as well as collaborations with such artists as Jon Hendricks, Vince Guaraldi, Ralph Towner, Dave Friesen and others.[2]

King started gigging in 1959 with fellow University of Oregon music students. After moving to San Francisco in 1960, her accomplished Scat singing landed her many gigs with various bebop artists.[3]

In 2004 King recorded her live album Live at Jazz Standard with pianist Fred Hersch.[4]


  • Impending Bloom (with Glen Moore) (Justice Records, 1991)
  • Potato Radio (with Glen Moore) (Justice Records, 1992)
  • Cliff Dance (with Glen Moore) (Justice Records, 1993)
  • Straight Into Your Heart (with Steve Christofferson and the Metropole Orchestra) (Mons Records, 1996)
  • King on the Road (Cardas, 1999)
  • Moonray (Live, Philology, 1999)
  • Dream Lands, Vol. 1 (with Steve Christofferson) (Stellar!, 2000)
  • Dream Lands, Vol. 2 (with Steve Christofferson) (Stellar!, 2002)
  • Live at the Jazz Standard (with Fred Hersch) (Live, Maxijazz, 2006)
  • Perennial (Ornry Diva Productions, 2011)

Guest appearances[edit]

With Karrin Allyson

  • Footprints (2006)

With Ray Brown

  • Christmas Songs with the Ray Brown Trio (Telarc, 1999)
  • Some of My Best Friends Are Singers (Telarc, 1998)

With Rick Crittenden

  • Passages (2000)

With Robert Moore

  • Cool Blue (Romo Music, 1999)

With Roy Nathanson

  • Fire at Keaton's Bar and Grill (Six Degrees, 2000)

With Oregon

  • 45th Parallel (Portrait, 1989)

With Noah Peterson

Nancy sings Leon Russell's "A Song For You" With Randy Porter

  • Modern Reflections (Heavywood, 1999)

With Steve Wolfe's Jazz Cruisers

  • First Date (Inner City, 1976)

With Belinda Underwood

  • Greenspace (Cosmik Muse Records, 2008)

With Various artists

  • Portland Jazz: Volume 1 (Pillar Productions, 1995)


  1. ^ Lynn Darroch. "Nancy King". The Oregon Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ University of North Texas. "UNT Jazz Singers to perform with distinguished jazz vocalist Nancy King". University of North Texas.
  3. ^ Stanford Jazz Texas. "Jazz Nancy King gaining status" (PDF). Stanford Jazz.
  4. ^ Live at Jazz Standard at AllMusic