Bill, whose style covers a wide range and crosses over the usual borders. performs at select concerts and events throughout the year. with his “Art Of Jazz” and “Art Of Blues with Steve Arvey” groups.
Bill studied piano at the New England Conservatory of Music and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees there. Bill studied for many years with Jaki Byard and Ran Blake, two leading exponents of jazz and Third Stream music. In more recent times recently Bill has been studying and performing with master drummer and composer Emmanuel Abdul Rahim. He has played with jazz greats such as Jo Jones (of Count Basie fame), Bobby Hackett, Red Callender, Alan Dawson, Sammy Rimington, John La Porta, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Joe Lee Wilson, John and Lillian Boutté, Per Goldschmidt and many more. Through the years Bill has performed widely in a variety of concerts and venues in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, and Cologne covering the spectrum from New Orleans jazz, music of the swing era, and boogie woogie to modern contemporary and latin jazz and blues.
Bill is always very engaged with his art activities but his love and talent for music has sparked a resurgence of appearances at various venues and events around Sarasota. Please see the calendar on this site for upcoming appearances.
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