Born: March 14 Primary Instrument: Piano
Bill Beach has performed with many jazz legends including Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Harris, Nat Adderley, Mark Murphy and Howard Roberts. He has studied with Marian McPartland, Jack DeJohnette and Warren Bernhardt. Bill has performed in Japan, Mexico, and many European countries.
In 2002 Bill began serious study of Brazilian music and the Portuguese language. His well received 2004 release “Letting Go” included 5 vocal interpretations of Brazilian classics as well as 5 of his original instrumental compositions. He made his first trip to Brazil in 2006 where he met and performed with many Brazilian musicians. In 2008 he began writing his own lyrics in Portuguese and in 2010 released his second CD on Axial Records, “Brasil Beat”. this album was all original music and lyrics.
“Bill Beach’s pianistic technique is striking, inventive and musically effective. His solos emerge in a crisp lyricism that is engaged, resonant and consistently brilliant.” -Rebecca Webb, KINK radio
“Not content to be one of Portland’s finest jazz pianists, on his new album “Letting Go” Bill showcases his singing with some beautiful Brazilian songs-in perfect Portuguese.” -Darrel Grant, Leroy Vinegar Institute
“a wistful, classic Brazilian sound” “beautifully articulated Portuguese”
“Legato lines flow effortlessly, and lush chord voicings never obscure his clean touch and rhythmic dexterity. Beach's strength as an ensemble player comes through in the tight, interactive trio sound.” -Lynn Darroch, The Oregonian
“for a huge bonus, try Bill Beach, singer, on these lovely Brazilian classics. Beach displays a warm and gentle vocal approach to these songs, much like Jobim himself. And to my ear, his Portuguese is flawlessly delivered.” “splendid vocals”
“Bill Beach lives up to the consistency he’s shown as one of our most creative and swinging piano cats. -George Fendel, Jazzscene Magazine
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