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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.
Ben 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.