Bill Cunliffe is interviewed with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

The LA Times published a 6 part video interview series where Bill was asked among a panel of the makers of the documentary, "On the Shoulders of Giants" about the process of creating a film that celebrates the Harlem Renaissance. Bill wrote the score for the film.

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The Temple University Jazz Ensemble has recorded a project called "To Thad, With Love", celebrating the work of one of my favorite composer/arranger/trumpeters, Thad Jones. I've contributed three arrangements to the project. Other arrangers are Dennis Mackrel, Yoichi Uzeki, and John Clayton. It sounds great!!

Bill was nominated for the FOURTH time for a Grammy for his trumpet concerto, "Fourth stream... La Banda," written for virtuoso trumpeter Terell Stafford and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Luis Biava.

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CD: Bill Cunliffe and Holly Hofmann, Three's Company

Available on CD from Capri Records and on this site.

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Bill Cunliffe has won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for his "West Side Story Medley.

The track is from "Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson" (Resonance Records).

CD: The Blues and the Abstract Truth, Take 2


“My album ‘The Blues and the Abstract Truth, Take 2,’ was released in October 2008 by Resonance Records. It is a reinterpretation of Oliver Nelson's beloved 1961 album from Impulse! Records.” Available on CD and by digital download.

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“On this new CD, Holly and I join forces with some of our favorite musicians, drummer Alvester Garnett, violinis Regina Carter, trumpeter Terell Stafford and clarinetist Ken Peplowski.”

January 31, 2010: Bill honored with a Grammy!

Al Jarreau,  Kurt Elling and Jon Hendricks perform Bill's arrangement of "Roll 'Em Pete," with the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Vince Mendoza!

In July, Bill went into Talley Sherwood's studio, and recorded His latest solo-piano release, “That Time of Year” (Metre Records, 2011), his take on traditional Christmas tunes, with guest vocalist Denise Donatelli.

In June, Bill brought the Resonance Big Band to the Hollywood Bowl for the Playboy Jazz Festival. Here he is, conducting his Grammy-winning arrangement of "West Side Story" with virtuoso pianist Marian Petrescu.