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Bill Warfield Big Band / Bio

Recognized as a dynamic and innovative composer, bandleader and trumpeter, Bill Warfield has energized audiences, performers and writers for more than two decades. He holds an M.M. in Jazz Commercial Trumpet from the Manhattan School of Music. Bill received the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Jazz/Commercial Music, The Carmine Caruso Award for Outstanding Musicality and Trumpet Performance and the Maynard Ferguson Scholarship.

Among Warfield’s other accomplishments are a commission by the government of Spain to arrange and produce Hollywood Jazz, a musical review for the 1992 Olympic year, a commission by the Berlin Radio Orchestra to write two works for big band, a commission dedicated to Miles Davis consisting of big band arrangements of the classic recording Bitches Brew and a jazz piano concerto entitled Cowboy Jazz by the Kluvers Big Band in Denmark. Warfield has performed with many well known jazz and commercial artists including Ornette Coleman, The American Jazz Orchestra under the direction of John Lewis, Mel Lewis, Paul Anka, Mel Torme, Randy Brecker, David Sanborn, Sonny Stitt, Sheila Jordan and Lester Bowie among others. He was an NBC staff musician for the 1995 Vida Awards and has been an orchestrator for Eddie Palmieri and Lester Bowie.

In 1996 and 1997, The Bill Warfield Big Band was featured at Birdland in New York City as part of the Apple Band Cavalcade. The bands’ first release, New York City Jazz (Interplay) received critical acclaim from Leonard Feather, Chuck Berg, Syd Levin, John Wilson and Tom Conrad in CD Review magazine. The bands’ second album, The City Never Sleeps, (Seabreeze) was hailed by Kim Richmond in Jazz Player magazine. The band has released six recordings since.

Bill Warfield was recently included in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz compiled by Ira Gitler and Leonard Feather as well as the online biographical jazz listings compiled by Lewis Porter.

General Info

Band Members
Bill Warfield - Producer/Leader/trumpet fluegelhorn/compose/arrange., Dave Riekenberg - Saxophone, Tim Sessions - Vocals, Vic Juris - Electric Guitar, Tim Harrison - Vocals, Gene Perla - Bass, Scott Neumann - Drums
Artist Name
Bill Warfield Big Band
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Active Since
Jazz / Latin / Funk

Contact Info

New York, NY
Carol Heft

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