Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Ford, William (Brian)
Ford, William (Brian), percussion and drums; b. Passaic, NJ, 28 April 1953. He grew up in Clifton, NJ until age 5 and moved to Wayne, NJ where he attended grammar, junior high school, and Wayne Valley H.S. (1971). His parents are William H. Ford (1933-1974) and Carmela Ford (b.1933). His brothers and sisters are Daniel (b.1963), Kevin (b.1962), Christine (b.1960), Patrick (b.1959), John (b.1955), and Susan (b.1954).
He started on drumset at age 12 and studied formally with local Bloomfield, NJ teacher, Carl Wolf, where he learned rudiments and reading. Studied Piano at age 21 with Walter Klein, Bloomfield, NJ. He attended William Paterson University where he studied mallet percussion and New Music percussion ensemble repertoire with Raymond DesRoches, Gary VanDyke and Peter Jarvis.
Performing locally with Rock/R&B bands with a performance for WABC Radio in 1968 on the 'Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie) Show. Continued thru the 70s in Rock bands throughout the metropolitan area club scene. Through the 80s performed with the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble with John Cage and Charles Wuorinen. Moved to San Francisco in 1990 after picking up Steel drums from Brooklyn, NY and applied piano and drum studies to the steel pan. After performing with a few local Steel bands in the Bay area, he adapted the steel pan to a jazz combo setting. He performs throughout the Bay area as a leader on steel pans with various guitar, piano, vibes trio's/quartets.
Independant release of original compositions William Ford-Pan Jazz (1997); Steel Pan Alley (2002)
Radio and television broadcasts:
SF Sounds: Cable TV performance in 1998