Bill Warfield and the New York Jazz Repertory Ensemble / Bio

. PERSONAL BIO - Trumpeter, composer Bill Warfield was born in Baltimore, Maryland, March 2nd, 1952. Bill is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music where he won the Maynard Ferguson Scholarship, the William H. Borden award for outstanding achievement in Jazz/Commercial Music and the Carmine Caruso Award for outstanding trumpet performance. Bill moved to NYC in 1979 and quickly established himself as a creative force on the NY scene. He has performed with such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Mel Torme, David Sanborn, Lew Soloff, David Liebman, Jon Faddis, Buddy DeFranco, the members of the Yellowjackets and Sonny Stitt. He has also been busy as an arranger, orchestrator and/or involved in music preparation for Lester Bowie, Eddie Palmieri, Earl McIntrye and Buddy Williams. As a band leader he has recorded "New York City Jazz" for Interplay Records (1990), "The City Never Sleeps" for Seabreeze Records (1994), Dave Stryker with the Bill Warfield Big Band "Nomad" for Steeplechase Records (1995), "A Faceless Place" on Laurel Hill Records (2005), "Sambra" for Laurel Hill in 2006, The Gene Ludwig Trio with the Bill Warfield Big Band "Duff's Blues for Allegra, 2008, "Le Jazz Hot" featuring Dave Liebman and Vic Juris, Planet Arts Network 2009 and "A Window That Shows Me The Moon" Bill Warfield and the New York Jazz Octet, 2012 Bill is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz by Ira Gitler and Leonard Feather and the online Biographical Jazz listings by Lewis Porter. Bill is an Associate Professor of Music at Lehigh University where he directs the jazz studies program...

NEW YORK JAZZ REPERTORY ENSEMBLE - is a non-profit organization composed of professional musicians dedicated to the recreation of classic jazz performances as well as the creation of new works in Jazz, Funk and Latin Jazz. Founded in 1997 by musical director Bill Warfield, the group made it's debut at the inaugural season of the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University. The first concert, "Le Jazz Hot" with guest artist Dave Liebman, took place in October of that year in Baker Hall. Since then they have performed the music of Miles Davis ( Sketches of Spain and Porgy and Bess), Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman as well as tributes to the music of Led Zeppelin, Weather Report, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock. In July 2000, Warfield and Liebman reprised "Le Jazz Hot" with the Paris Conservatory Jazz Orchestra at the Pierre Boulez concert hall in Paris during the Villette Festival to a sold-out house and standing ovation. The Paris concert was repeated in Denmark the following year. In 2007 Bill composed a Jazz/Classical piano concerto which was premiered in Arhus, Denmark by Danish pianist Mads Barentzen and the Kluvers Jazz Orchestra. The piece was performed for the first time in the US by Eugene Albulescu accompanied by the New York Jazz Octet.

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Band Members
Bill Warfield - Arranger/Composer/conductor/trumpet, Andrew Gould - Saxophone
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Bill Warfield and the New York Jazz Repertory Ensemble
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Jazz / funk / Latin Jazz

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New York, NY
Bill Warfield

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