Bill Cunliffe

United States

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Bill is a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Los Angeles

After Bill Cunliffe won several Down Beat Awards as an Eastman student, he went on the road as pianist and arranger with Buddy Rich, touring Europe with Frank Sinatra. He later performed with Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer, Woody Shaw and James Moody. Bill was the 1989 winner of the $10,000 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Award, and received stipends from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Composer Federation. Bill was Marian McPartland's guest on her famed “Piano Jazz” radio show in June '98. His latest CD, Imaginacion on Torii Records; one of the tunes was nominated for a Grammy for best instrumental arrangement. . As a composer, Bill has been nominated both for two Emmys and two Grammys, and has composed extensively for film, TV, big band, chamber groups, choir and orchestra. Recently his compositions and arrangements have been played by the Illinois Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the New Zealand School of Music Symphony Orchestra. He currently plays in duet with the renowned flutist Holly Hofmann, drummer Joe LaBarberas Quintet, and the woodwind group Trimotif in addition to his own projects. He teaches at the Vail Jazz Institute and the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and is Associate Professor of Music at Cal State Fullerton.

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