Bill Howland grew up in the Greater Boston area, studying with classical pianist Allen Barker of Wayland, Massachusetts. Bill continued his education in music theory at Northeastern University and later studied with jazz pianist Dick Odgren of Worcester, whose faculty appointments include Berklee College of Music and Clark University.
Bill currently resides in Charleston, SC and plays regularly at the Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar at The Francis Marion Hotel.
Bill formerly resided in Brewster, Massachusetts and played at many fine venues on Cape Cod, including Chatham Bars Inn, Christian’s Restaurant, The Roadhouse Café, Oysters Too, Old Sea Pines Inn and many others.
Bill’s specialties include solo piano, as well as duo with bass, and trio with bass & drums. His material is primarily derived from the Great American Songbook, including the compositions of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Victor Young, Richard Rodgers, Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini, Cole Porter and Cy Coleman among others.
The musical styles of Bill Evans, Dave McKenna, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner have been among Bill’s primary influences.
Bill’s first CD recording, “On a Clear Day”, was released in March, 2005.
Bill's second CD recording, Moon Rays, was released in September, 2008.
Web Site: www.howlandonline.com Email: [email protected]
Phone: (843) 513-5121
Yamaha C7 Grand Piano
Charleston, SC - March 21, 2009 - Review by Scott Yanow, The Los Angeles Jazz Scene:
These four CDs feature pianists who deserve
to be much better known.
Pianist Bill Howland is based in Charleston,
South Carolina. Moon Rays (information is at
howlandonline.com), his second release for his
Greycat Productions label, features him playing
solo on ten standards and his original title cut.
Howland has a basic melodic style which is often
punctuated by the rhythmic patterns that he plays
with his left hand. His concise interpretations of
the mostly-vintage melodies (only three
performances are over four minutes and only “My
Foolish Heart” is longer than five) get to the point
quickly and succeed both as background music
(he plays at a lot of restaurants) and for close