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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: March 18, 1951

Born in Baltimore, Bill Frisell played clarinet throughout his childhood in Denver, Colorado. His interest in guitar began with his exposure to pop music on the radio. Soon, the Chicago Blues became a passion through the work of Otis Rush, B.B. King, Paul Butterfield and Buddy Guy. In high school, he played in bands covering pop and soul classics, James Brown and other dance material. Later, Bill studied music at the University of Northern Colorado before attending Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with John Damian, Herb Pomeroy and Michael Gibbs. In 1978, Frisell moved for a year to Belgium where he concentrated on writing music. In this period, he toured with Michael Gibbs and first recorded with German bassist Eberhard Weber. Bill moved to the New York City area in 1979 and stayed until 1989. He now lives in Seattle....
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”It's hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he's found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness.” - The New York Times

“Frisell is a revered figure among musicians - like Miles Davis and few others, his signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer

“I like to have fun when I play and I like comedy - but it's not a conscious thing...

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Date Event Ticket
Mar29 Bill Frisell
The Bijou Theatre
Knoxville, TN
Mar30 Bill Frisell
Belcourt Theatre
Nashville, TN
Apr05 Bill Frisell
The Triple Door
Seattle, WA
Apr07 Bill Frisell
Vashon Theatre
Vashon, WA
Apr23 Bill Frisell
Terrapin Crossroads
San Rafael, CA
Apr24 Bill Frisell
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Davis, CA
Apr26 Charles Lloyd and Friends with Bill Frisell
San Francisco, CA

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