Pianist Bill Cunliffe master class
Friday, October 30, 2015 at 11:00am
Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, Room 310 2809 Woodland Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
Jazz pianist, composer and arranger Bill Cunliffe’s first major jazz gig was pianist and arranger with Buddy Rich, touring Europe with Frank Sinatra. He later performed with Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Woody Shaw and James Moody.
Bill was the 1989 winner of the $10,000 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Award, and has received stipends from the National Endowment for the Arts. Cunliffe has released a dozen CDs as a leader. Hecurrently performs with his own trio, the Joe LaBarbera Quintet, and in duo with flutist Holly Hofmann. This year, Bill received a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for his West Side Story Medley, released on the CD, “The Resonance Big Band Pays Tribute to Oscar Peterson.” He has also been nominated for three Grammys and two Emmys as a composer and arranger. Bill has composed extensively for big band, chamber groups, choir and orchestra.
He teaches at the Vail Jazz Institute, and the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and is Associate Professor of Music at Cal
State Fullerton. He is also composer-in-residence at All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA.
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