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Bill Warfield

A dynamic and innovative composer, bandleader and trumpeter, Bill Warfield has energized audiences, performers and writers for more than four decades. Warfield’s most recent accomplishments are Mercy Mercy Mercy, recorded on the BluJazz label by the Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra in 2015 and Trumpet Story with Randy Brecker on Planet Arts Records, recorded in 2014.

These recordings are a celebration of the composer’s formative musical experiences. The two groups perform Jazz selections based on the genres of funk, Latin Jazz, and Hard Bop, all arranged by Warfield.

Bill Warfield holds an M.M. in Jazz Commercial Trumpet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he received the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Jazz/Commercial Music, The Carmine Caruso Award for Outstanding Musicality and Trumpet Performance and the Maynard Ferguson Scholarship. In 1990 he participated in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, directed by Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Albam.

Bill started playing the trumpet at age 11 in the Baltimore County public school system. After a few years he began playing with local R & B and soul bands. Around that time, his trumpet teacher, Fred Frey, took him to a concert at the Lyric Theater by the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra. After hearing the group, Bill auditioned for it and was accepted. The Youth Orchestra rehearsed in the afternoons in downtown Baltimore and Bill spent his Saturday mornings studying “up the street” at the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory School.

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”Trumpeter, composer, arranger, and long-established educator Bill Warfield‘s new recording, Trumpet Story, leads to an inescapable conclusion: the ears of America’s youth may be in better shape than feared. True to its title, the album offers a story – one part autobiography, one part history, and one part character study, portraying one of the great trumpet players of our time.” —Randy Brecker

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Smile

Planet Arts Records
2020

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For Lew

Planet Arts Records
2018

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Mercy Mercy Mercy

Blujazz Productions
2015

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Trumpet Story

Planet Arts Records
2014

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Smile

From: Smile
By Bill Warfield

Theme For Malcolm

From: Trumpet Story
By Bill Warfield

When Janie Takes The Stand airplay mix

From: Trumpet Story
By Bill Warfield

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