Bill Cunliffe

Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. Bill began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name.

Bill currently plays with his trio; his big band; his Latin band, Imaginación; and his classical-jazz ensemble, Trimotif. He performs in the U.S. and around the world as a leader and sideman as well as a soloist with symphony orchestras.

His latest recording is the Bill Cunliffe Trio album “River Edge, New Jersey,” with bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner, released in April by Azica Records.

Other recent releases include his Overture, Waltz and Rondo for jazz piano, trumpet and orchestra (BCM+D Records, 2012). Bill performed the work with trumpeter Terell Stafford and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Luis Biava. The recording won Bill his fifth Grammy nomination, in the Best Instrumental Composition category.

Also released in 2012 was his Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, with tubist Jim Self and the Hollywood Ensemble, with Bill conducting (Metre Records, 2012). Bill’s album of solo improvisations on Christmas carols, “That Time of Year” (Metre Records, 2011), was described as a “tour de force” in the Los Angeles Times.

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”Our audience loved the show; several folks thought that the chemistry of the trio was the best they've ever heard.” Doug Moody, North Coast Brewing Company

”BIll Cunliffe (and his trio) shared his genius with us in Roswell, with some of the most brilliant piano playing we've heard!” Michael Francis, Executive Director, Roswell Jazz Festival

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BACHanalia

BACHanalia

Metro
2017

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Playground Swing

Playground Swing

Self Produced
2015

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River Edge, New Jersey

River Edge, New Jersey

Azica Records
2013

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That Time of Year

That Time of Year

Self Produced
2011

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Bill Cunliffe: The Blues and the Abstract Truth, Take 2

Bill Cunliffe: The...

Resonance Records
2008

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Imaginacion

Imaginacion

Torii Records
2005

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Sleepers Wake

Sleepers Wake

Bill Cunliffe
BACHanalia

Cascades

Cascades

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The Blues and The Abstract...

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