Bill Stokes

Bill Stokes has worked as a professional musician for 30 years. He was a violinist with the Florida West Coast Symphony from 1976-2000. During this time he was also concertmaster of the Sarasota Pops for 3 years, played with the Vermont Symphony for their summer seasons 1987-1988, and maintained a busy free-lance schedule. He was hired by touring shows, and performed with such artists as Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Collins, Steve Allen, Ray Price, and George Shearing. He played in dozens of musicals, for hundreds of performances. He also contracted ensembles for events, weddings, and gigs of all kinds. In 2000 Bill relocated to Keene, NY and devoted two years to the study of jazz guitar, with the phenomenal Joe Gitto. He attended the Vermont Jazz Center’s 2005 summer workshop, and now leads a quartet, playing swing, latin, and jazz standards.


Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Although I'm mainly inerested in helping people learn about jazz, I'm conversant in classical and other genres. Member, IAJE

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