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  • Bill Bell (2006)

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    Bill Bell's performance career as a pianist is equally distinguished. He has toured as musical director and piano accompanist for legendary jazz singer Carmen McRae. He has also worked with Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Anita Oday, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls and the Supremes. His credits also include work with instrumentalists Milt Jackson, Kenny Burrell, Louie Bellson, Benny Carter, and Clark Terry. Bill Bell is also the featured pianist on the Art Farmer CD "Live at Stanford".

    His current CD entitled "Just Swing Baby" has hit the San Francisco bay area jazz scene with a blast of long awaited freshness. Bill is accompanied by swing masters Eddie Marshall on drums and Jeff Chambers on bass. Guitarist Brad Buethe, bassist John Shifflet, and drummer Jason Lewis perform on the featured composition "Charisma". Stellar tenor Saxophonist David Ellis is special guests on three tracks. "Just Swing Baby " is currently number 15 on jazz radio playing list.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Duke Ellington and Count Basie The Duke Meets the Count Take the "A" Train (Columbia)
    # 2 Ahmad Jamal At the Pershing Poinciana (Chess)
    # 3 Tuskegee Institute Choir (William L. Dawson, Director) Spirituals (LP) Ain' A That Good News (Westminster Gold)
    # 4 Joe Williams with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra Presenting Joe Williams and Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, The Jazz Orchestra Night Time Is the Right Time (Solid State)
    # 5 Chaka Khan Echoes of an Era All of Me (Elektra)
    # 6 Art Tatum Complete Capitol Recordings, Vol. 2 My Heart Stood Still (Capitol)
    # 7 Oscar Peterson West Side Story Something's Coming (Verve)
    # 8 Phineas Newborn jr A World of Piano Oleo (OJC)
    # 9 Miles Davis Four & More Four (Columbia)
    Book Lerone Bennett, "Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America"; or John Hope Franklin, "From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans"
    Luxury Item A Steinway D piano, and some barbecue
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 Count Basie April in Paris April in Paris (Verve)
    Alt 2 Errol Garner Concert by the Sea I'll Remember April (Columbia)
    Alt 3 Charlie Parker with Dizzy Gillespie Yardbird Suite Groovin' High (Rhino)
    Alt 4 George Shearing N/A Lullaby of Birdland N/A
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