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Cunliffe, Bill

Cunliffe, Bill, piano, composer (b. Lawrence, Massachusetts, June 26, 1956). A fine pianist and composer with a special flair for jazz history, Bill Cunliffe has toured and performed with many of the top names in jazz, including James Moody, John Clayton, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Buddy Rich, Joe Henderson and Joshua Redman. He presently leads his own trio, a larger group called Imaginacion, and a duo with Holly Hofmann. In 1989, Cunliffe won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano award. He has produced several multimedia tributes for the Vail Jazz Festival, featuring the music of Bill Evans, Erroll Garner and Freddie Hubbard. These presentations feature live performances, historical background and film clips of the artist. Cunliffe's album The Blues And The Abstract Truth, take 2 features new Cunliffe arrangements of Oliver Nelson songs from the classic Impulse album. Cunliffe also composes and performs classical music, and is currently composer-in-residence at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California and Associate Professor of Music at Cal State Fullerton. His choral music is available at www.billcunliffe.com; his big band compositions are available through Kendor Musicand Otter Music, and his jazz textbooks are published through Alfred.

Contributor: Thomas Cunniffe