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.
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