Royal Blue features original compositions and original arrangements of standards, played by jazz violinist Terry King with an all-star band: Ted Quinlan, electric guitar; Brian Dickinson, piano; Kieran Overs, bass; and Ted Warren, drums. Terry King grew up in and around Montreal, where he began taking violin lessons and playing guitar in soul bands. In college, he began studying jazz and trying to play it on violin. He played and toured with Quebecois rock star Robert Charlebois for a year, while continuing to play jazz. In 1974 he moved to Toronto at the urging of Claude Ranger, the legendary Canadian drummer. He spent the rest of the 70s in Toronto, playing jazz around Toronto and touring and recording with the folk music group Stringband. In 1979 he moved to New York, where he has lived since. He has played with Lee Konitz, Birelli Lagrene, Harvie Swartz, Anthony Davis, and many others. This is his first recording as leader.