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Bill Kirchner

Bill Kirchner is a composer-arranger, saxophonist, bandleader, educator, record and radio producer, and jazz historian. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Bill graduated in 1975 from Manhattan College in New York City. From then until 1980, he lived in Washington, D.C., playing with the Mike Crotty big band, the Bernard Sweetney quartet, and his own groups. Since July 1980, Bill has lived in New York City. A few months after moving back to New York, Bill began the Bill Kirchner Nonet. His intent was to have an ensemble with the intimacy and adventurousness of the best small groups and the power and excitement of a big band

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News: Performance / Tour

Scobar Presents Bill Warfield And The Hell's Kitchen Jazz Orchestra Featuring Nicole Henry

Scobar Presents Bill Warfield And The Hell's Kitchen Jazz Orchestra Featuring Nicole Henry

ScoBar Entertainment presents Bill Warfield and Nicole Henry, at the Iridium Jazz Club on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016. These two talented artist join forces to present an exciting evening of jazz/funk arrangements, written by Bill, exclusively for this special union of music. Come and groove to the soul stirring sounds of Warfield and Henry! Bill Warfield, ...

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Article: Year in Review

2015: The Year in Jazz

Read "2015: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The year 2015 was a curious blend of ups and downs, with glimmers of optimism offset by its losses. Venues opened to great fanfare, but others closed for a variety of reasons. UNESCO's International Jazz Day became firmly entrenched as the exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month activities in April. Daily arts journalism took a hit ...

Album

An Evening Of Indigos

Label: Jazzheads Records
Released: 2015

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Article: Interview

Bill Kirchner: Finding Music's Intimacy

Read "Bill Kirchner: Finding Music's Intimacy" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


The extremely accomplished Bill Kirchner--composer, arranger, saxophonist, writer, editor, teacher--enjoys a career anyone would be proud of. He's played with important musicians, led outstanding groups and had his arrangements played by top-shelf musicians and bands. In 1996, he won a Grammy for Best Album Notes for the revered Columbia/Mosaic re-issue Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The ...

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News: Video / DVD

Bill Kirchner: Evening of Indigos

Bill Kirchner: Evening of Indigos

Saxophonist Bill Kirchner was on a roll in 1993. He had studied with saxophonist Lee Konitz, pianist Harold Danko and arranger Mike Crotty. He was leading a nonet that recorded several albums. His arrangements had been recorded by Konitz, Dizzy Gillespie and Patti Austin. And he had annotated numerous projects for a range of major labels. ...

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News: Recording

"An Evening Of Indigos," 2-CD Set By Saxophonist/Composer/Arranger Bill Kirchner, Due Oct. 16 From Jazzheads Records

"An Evening Of Indigos," 2-CD Set By Saxophonist/Composer/Arranger Bill Kirchner, Due Oct. 16 From Jazzheads Records

Renowned as a renaissance man of jazz—as an influential bandleader, sideman (on all of the saxophones, clarinets, and flutes), composer, arranger, record and radio producer, educator, writer, and editor—Bill Kirchner is also one of jazz’s most deeply soulful soprano saxophone stylists. He plays soprano exclusively on his forthcoming album An Evening of Indigos, a 2-CD package ...

Album

Quiet Now

Label: Jazzheads
Released: 2014

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News: Interview

Bill Kirchner at the New School

Bill Kirchner at the New School

Back on Oct. 7, soprano saxophonist Bill Kirchner performed at New York's New School, where he teaches. Bill was accompanied by singer Holli Ross, singer/bassist Jim Ferguson and pianist Carlton Holmes. It was an extraordinary evening—so extraordinary that I wondered whether anyone was recording it. It turns out the school videotaped the concert and has made ...

News: Recording

5 CD Discoveries of the Week

5 CD Discoveries of the Week

This week, I recommend a pair of superb jazz orchestral CDs, new music from a cutting-edge Blue Note artist, and two terrific rock sets...  Dig arrangers Gil Evans and Thad Jones? Then you're going to love the Bill Kirchner Nonet's Lifeline (Jazzheads). Recorded live in 2001, Bill's arranging style is just as multilayered and brooding as ...


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