Vibraphonist Bill Ware was a mover and shaker on the downtown New York scene during the '80s and '90s, playing both advanced post-bop and grooving, revivalist jazz-funk. Bill Ware III was born in East Orange, NJ, on January 28, 1959. Ware started out as a bass player, and later trained on vibes at the Harlem Jazzmobile Workshop. Throughout the 90's and early 2000's Ware toured/performed in the USA, Europe, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and China with Groove Collective, The Jazz Passengers, Steely Dan, Vibes trio, and the Rising Sun Band. He recorded on more than 50 CD’s, and many movie sound tracks.
Bill has performed/ recorded with Deborah Harry, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello, Little Jimmy Scott, Steve Turre, Jeff Buckley, Mavis Staples, John Modeski, Joe Lavano, Frank Foster, Teruo Nakamura, Marc Ribot, Chris Stein, Roberto Borrel, Butch Morris, Victor Jones, CC Peniston, Marshall Crenshaw, Tony Williams, Bernie Worrel, Janis Seigel, David Byrne.
Bill has worked with famed producers Donald Fagan, Walter Becker, Joel Dorn, and Gary Katz and made guest appearances on “The Late Show” with David Letterman and “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien.