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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

Smile

Label: Planet Arts Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Smile; Cucumber Slumber; Hip-Hug-Her; Ode To Billie Joe; First Time On A Ferris Wheel; Dance of the Coal Cars; Mad Dog; Rainbow Connection; I’ve Got To Use My Imagination; Theme From Law and Order; This City Never Sleeps; Smile

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bill Warfield & The New York Jazz Quintet - September 27th At The Keystone Korner Baltimore!

Bill Warfield & The New York Jazz Quintet - September 27th At The Keystone Korner Baltimore!

BILL WARFIELD & The New York Jazz Quintet September 27th at the Keystone Korner Baltimore Trumpeter Bill Warfield and Todd Barkan host an on-line and in-person Jazz Event in Bill's hometown of Baltimore, MD. Bill teams up with tenor saxophonist Dave Riekenberg, keyboardist Cecilia Coleman, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Scott Neumann to bring you a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra: Smile

Read "Smile" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Having no idea what to expect from an ensemble labeled the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra, the game plan must be to advance with caution, as any orchestra with trumpeter Bill Warfield at the helm can't be all bad. After listening, it becomes clear that the game plan was sound and the premise accurate: Smile, the HKFO's ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bill Warfield Re-Ups His Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra On 'Smile,' Due June 5 From Planet Arts Records

Bill Warfield Re-Ups His Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra On 'Smile,' Due June 5 From Planet Arts Records

Trumpeter Bill Warfield’s Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra lives up to its name on Smile, the little big band’s second album, set for a June 5 release on Planet Arts Records. The 12-piece ensemble locates and unleashes grooves from a pair of Warfield originals and several R&B and fusion classics, as well as a few more unlikely ...

For Lew

Label: Planet Arts Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Old Devil Moon; Totem Pole; Street Corner Supermarket; In Your Own Sweet Way; Scootzie; Tentigo; Some Other Blues; Goodbye Porkpie Hat; Salsa en Mi Alma; A Little Circus Music; The Three Marias; When Janie Takes the Stand.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Warfield: For Lew

Read "For Lew" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Lew" referred to on Renaissance man Bill Warfield's latest big-band album, For Lew, is the late trumpeter Lew Soloff, whom Warfield remembers in the liner notes as “my mentor, colleague, friend and inspiration." The inspiration arrived when the teen-age Warfield, who had switched from trumpet to piano after losing his front teeth in an auto ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Andrew Gould: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are many realities to the jazz scene in New York. If you check out the marquee listings at the swankiest clubs, you'll see certain names pop up again and again for a short run here or there. These men and women are most certainly an important part of the mix and draw, having paid their ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger/Big Band Leader Bill Warfield Pays Tribute To His Late Mentor, Colleague, & Friend, Trumpeter Lew Soloff," On "For Lew," Due Out March 9

Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger/Big Band Leader Bill Warfield Pays Tribute To His Late Mentor, Colleague, & Friend, Trumpeter Lew Soloff," On "For Lew," Due Out March 9

Bill Warfield’s career as a trumpeter was launched the moment he heard Lew Soloff’s immortal solo on the Blood, Sweat & Tears hit “Spinning Wheel.” “It just completely knocked me out,” says Warfield, who was 18 at the time and gigging as a pianist, having given up hope of earning a living as a horn player ...

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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