Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. He began his career as a pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Freddie Hubbard, and Benny Golson among others. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums to his name.
Bill currently plays with his trio; his big band; his Latin band, Imaginación; and his classical-jazz ensemble, Trimotif. He performs in the U.S. and around the world as a leader and sideman as well as a soloist with symphony orchestras. He received a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for “West Side Story Medley,” on the album “Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson” In addition to receiving five Grammy nominations, he is a two-time Emmy nominee.
The Los Angeles Jazz Society honored Bill in 2010 with its Composer/Arranger Award. He was named a Distinguished Faculty Member of the College of the Arts at Cal State Fullerton, where he is a jazz studies professor. He also teaches at the Skidmore Jazz Institute and the Vail Jazz Workshop.
Bill made his Kiawah debut in 2015 playing with Judy Carmichael–he wowed us then as a solo pianist, and he is excited to bring his trio back to the stage on Kiawah Island!.
This is an evening of jazz not to be missed!
Check out Bill Cunliffe in this YouTube video here: