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Bill Gerhardt

Pianist / Composer / Arranger / Band Leader Bill Gerhardt

Gerhardt's compositional style in any genre he explores is uniquely recognizable. Balancing challenging harmonic and rhythmic aspects with natural melodic ideas, listeners are instantly drawn into the atmosphere regardless of the complexity. Equally, his ability to weave story lines with pianistic improvisations communicates in the most direct fashion. A visionary band leader, Bill customizes his composing and knack for combining the personalities and strengths of his band mates into seamless units. He has been acknowledged by his colleagues for these attributes for years and as exposure to a wider audience grows, so does the appreciation for his art. Bill Gerhardt, is a prolific composer and arranger. He teaches privately and in workshop settings or masterclasses. He is a founding member of the Jazz Composers Forum. Bill has traveled the world playing jazz music with the top musicians in the field. He has played most recently with Tim Horner, Francois Moutin, Marc Mommaas, Jed Levy, Jeff Brillinger, Joe Locke and Ingrid Jensen, Jackie Allen and Kendra Shank to name a few . He has two CD's Bill Gerhardt and Cotangent “Stained Glass” and “Thrive” coming out on the Steeplechase Label this year and two CD's “Cotangent” and Tony Moreno and Trio just released on the Art of Life Label.

Bill Gerhardt was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

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“Bill is just as incredible as pianist as he is as composer…in the first rank of contemporary artists.…Such beautiful music, the BEST I listened to in a very long time!” -Jurg Sommer, Switzerland

“The most outstanding thing about Cotangent is the sense of selflessness with which everyone in the group plays. There is one unified goal: to serve the music. An amazing band. This music NEEDS to be heard!” -Joe Locke, New York City

Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Advanced only

Clinic/Workshop Information

Group Theory Workshop Composition Workshop Small Ensemble Workshop



SteepleChase Records


Stained Glass

SteepleChase Records


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