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Bill Champitto is a fiery Boston-based singer/songwriter/pianist and Hammond B3 organist whose music was aptly defined by an ardent web fan as “Soul, Funkified Jazz.”

Originally from Troy, New York, Bill started playing keyboards by ear at age 15 when two of his closest friends received a drum set and a guitar for Christmas gifts.

“My friends started to woodshed in their pool house and when I went over to check it out, I was immediately hooked! I had to be part of this!”

“One of these guys suggested I play bass, so we found a ‘gently used’ bass for $5.00 and suddenly, we had a trio.” But after a couple of weeks the group found someone who ‘could actually PLAY bass’ so Bill had to give up his gig. That's when Bill found a tabletop organ (or perhaps it found him) and a quartet was formed.

Bill devoured everything by ear--taping tons of music and woodshedding until he got it right. He even convinced the pastor of the local St. Jude Catholic Church to allow him to practice on the church's big Hammond B3.

“The nuns would chase me away, but the pastor was cool with it. I’d learn Santana solos on this organ and rock out the otherwise tranquil church,” says Bill.

Bill had great ears, no doubt and he quickly earned an audition with a local club band.

“Music saved my life. At the time I was hanging out in an area surrounded by lots of drugs and gangs and such, but music took me in another direction.”

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”A Better Way” Wonderfully funky vibe, this has a great feel indeed. Thoughtful lyrics and arrangement. Excellent work. 16th Annual Billboard Magazine Song Contest (2009)

“Masterful.…. well crafted and excellent... Bill has a soulful voice filled with a great ebb and flow. His vocals are tight and thoughtful. Its a great R&B … may be the best I have heard.“ The J from GarageBand.com, Sept 2008

Chosen as Best Male Vocals in Jazz,, Best Keyboards overall, Best Beat in Jazz by GarageBand.com reviewers. Sept 2008

“passion and commitment �” this music is about picking one thing and doing it better than anyone else… Bill knows what he is doing, is soulful and jazzy….”

Ben Maitland-Lewis Sidehatch Entertainment Oct 2007

“Some of the best unsigned music in the world” Marty Marmor, Schmusicmusic 2007

I love the music, Bill is a classic

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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Albums

Album Bounce by Bill Champitto

Bounce

Self Produced
2009

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