Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Carrothers, Bill (William Gaylord Carrothers III)
Carrothers, Bill [William Gaylord Carrothers III], pianist, composer; b. Minneapolis, Minnesota, 13 July 1964. His father William Gaylord Carrothers Jr. (b. 23 June, 1932) was naval aviator and Captain for Northwest Airlines for 34 years. His mother is Patricia Ann Carrothers (b. 5 August, 1933).
Bill Carrothers has been a professional pianist for over 20 years. He started piano at the age of five with lessons given to him by the local church organist. At age 14 he began studying under local Minneapolis pianist Bobby Peterson. In 1982 he attended North Texas State University on a full music scholarship. In 1988 Bill moved to New York City where he lived and learned for the next five years.
Since then, Bill, his wife Peg, and son Eddie have settled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in a restored 1890 mining house. Mr. Carrothers has played many venues throughout the U.S. and Europe including the Village Gate, Knitting Factory, Birdland, Blues Alley, New Morning (Paris), the Audi Jazz Festival in Brussels, the Nevers Jazz Festival (where he shared the bill with Abbey Lincoln), the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim, and the Marciac Jazz Festival in France.
In October of 2000, Mr. Carrothers headlined the prestigious Rising Star Tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He has been a leader on nine recordings, all of which have received critical acclaim including France's prestigious Diapason d'Or de l'annee, a German Shallplattenpries, and numerous top 10 of the year lists.
His sideman credits have included some of the greatest names in jazz, including Joe Beck, Scott Colley, Buddy DeFranco, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Eric Gravatt, Drew Gress, Tim Hagans, Billy Higgins, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Gary Peacock, Dewey Redman, Charlie Rouse, James Spaulding, Bill Stewart, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, and Benny Wallace. His hobbies include history, computers, snowmobiles, and good scotch.
The Artful Dodger (1987);Ye Who Enter Here (1997); The Blues And The Greys (1997); After Hours, Vol. 4 (1998); The Language Of Crows (1999); Duets with Bill Stewart (2000);Swing Sing Songs (2001); The Electric Bill (2002); Ghost Ships (2003)
Bill Stewart: Snide Remarks (1995), Telepathy (1997); Dave Douglas: Moving Portrait (1999); Jay Epstein: Long Ago (1997); Scott Colley: Subliminal (1998); Ira Sullivan: After Hours (2000); Peg Carrothers: Blue Skies (2001)