guitarist, composer, educator
is a prolific jazz guitarist who performs throughout the Chicago area. Bill attended Berklee College
of Music and received his B.A. from Notre Dame University in 1977. He has performed with David
“Fat Head” Newman, Tony Monaco, and Arthur Prysock and has recorded with Eric Alexander,
Charles Earland and Irene Reid. He played on the Mike Frost Project C.D., “Comin’ Straight at
You”, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. Bill released his debut C.D. “Hold Back” in
1999, featuring original compositions. He has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the
Barbados Jazz Festival, the Kaunas Jazz Festival in Lithuania, the Szczecin Jazz Festival in
Poland and the South Shore Jazz Festival in Chicago. He has also appeared at the Jazz
Showcase, the Green Mill in Chicago and Catalina’s in Los Angeles.
Bill has been teaching at Columbia College Chicago as a jazz guitar instructor and ensemble
director since 2001. In 2013, he performed in Italy at the Pescara Jazz Festival and led workshops
at the Pescara, Pescara Conservatory. In 2009, he was a guest ensemble instructor at
Popakademie’s International music camp in Mannheim, Germany.
Bill is the Coordinator of Guitar Studies at Columbia College Chicago.