Ken Baldock

b. 5 April 1932, London, England. Baldock played the piano from the age of six and later studied piano and double bass at the Guildhall School of Music. In 1964 he played bass in the Peter King quartet…
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b. 5 April 1932, London, England. Baldock played the piano from the age of six and later studied piano and double bass at the Guildhall School of Music. In 1964 he played bass in the Peter King quartet at Annie’s Room in London. He joined John Dankworth’s Orchestra (1965-73) and also worked with Oscar Peterson at the 1972 Montreux Jazz Festival and in two television series. He had his own sextet in 1973, which featured Henry Lowther; he also played in Ronnie Scott’s quartet with Louis Stewart, and then in a variety of groups with Phil Lee and John Horler, as well as accompanying musicians as diverse as Milt Jackson, Cleo Laine, Barney Kessel and Jay McShann. In the 80s, he played in Bobby Wellins’ quartet and continued to work freelance. He is a reliable bass player with a solid technique who is also an able composer. In 1983, he was awarded an Arts Council grant for his composition Kosen Rufu. He also teaches both privately and at the Barry Summer School.