Jazz Vocalist and Tutor
Penny has long been established as one of Western Australia’s premier jazz vocalists, performing with her band since graduating from the prestigious West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 1996. She is well known for her passionate and engaging stage presence, as well as her original compositions, and diverse arrangements of standards and contemporary tunes, moving effortlessly across genres but still rooted in jazz. Her position as vocal tutor in the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ jazz department is testament to her respected place in the thriving Perth Jazz scene.
The Penny King Quintet’s debut album ‘Journey’ , funded by the Department of Culture and the Arts, continues to receive critical acclaim, and was nominated for best jazz vocal album at the 2014 Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards.
To order your own copy, send Penny a message on the contacts page, or click here to order on bandcamp.
King is simply an excellent tradition-rooted jazz singer, whose phrasing and scat are jazz elements delivered with rich, pitch-perfect, humanly nuanced ease” Katie Bull, The New York City Jazz Record, August 2014.
The overall effect of this debut is of a soft and gentle vocal style imbued with expressive phrasing, combined with improvisational ability” John McBeath review of ‘Journey’, The Australian, August 16th 2014.