Andover Musicians and Musical Groups - Bill Cunliffe
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- Bill Cunliffe is a jazz pianist and composer who grew up on Poor Street and on South Main Street in Andover.
- His mother played the piano and his father was a avid collector of records.
- He studied piano with Albion Metcalf at Phillips Academy where he graduated in 1974.
- While in college, he considered a career in medicine or psychology, but finally decided on music. He graduated from Duke University, and got a masters degree from Eastman School of Music.
- He has won a number of awards: a 1981 Downbeat Award for big band orchestral pieces, a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Award in 1989, a 2003 Kimmel Jazz Center Award for his composition El Optimista, and a 2010 Grammy Award for an arrangement of a West Side Story medley, among others.
- He toured with Frank Sinatra.
- He has written music for the TV shows Another World, Passions and Las Vegas and for the feature film The Banger Sisters.
- He wrote the book Jazz Keyboard Toolbox which became a standard reference in jazz.
- He is a professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton, and was named a "distinguished faculty member" there in 2010. He has also taught at Central State University, Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California State University, Northridge, the University of Southern California, and Temple University.
- His music has been played by many orchestras: the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, among others.
- Among his many CDS are three which have achieved recognition in nationwide jazz polls: Bill in Brazil, Imaginacion, and How My Heart Sings.
- Bill Cunliffe, Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia Foundation, Inc. 5 March 2012
- Jazz Musician Urges Students to Follow Their Dreams. (Show at Phillips Academy) Andover Townsman 2/26/2004, p.9
--Leslie 10:29, March 6, 2012 (EST)
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