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Jazz Pianist Bill Cunliffe

Nov. 15, 2007 :: No. 106

Who: Department of Music at Cal State Fullerton, All That Jazz! Series
What: Jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe joins
Cal State Fullerton Jazz Ensemble I, Chuck Tumlinson, director
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Where: Meng Concert Hall, California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton

All or Nothing at All    
arr. George Stone

A Good Time Was Had by All
Thad Jones

Central Park West
J. Coltrane / arr. J. Fedchock

Bob Washut
with Bill Cunliffe:
Horace Silver / arr. Bill Cunliffe

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea....
arr. Cunliffe

Rockin’ in Rhythm
Duke Ellington / arr. Cunliffe

Third Piano Concerto, 1st movement
Prokofiev / adpt. & arr. Cunliffe


Bill CunliffeGrammy nominated composer, arranger and jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe is gathering nationwide attention with his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. After teaching in Ohio, he toured as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra. He then joined with many legends of jazz, including Ray Brown, Benny Golson, James Moody, Joshua Redman and others in performances.

In 1989 Cunliffe was awarded the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Award, and has received stipends from the National Endowment for the Arts. His three albums for Warner/Discovery Records all charted in nationwide jazz polls, and recent projects include a groundbreaking audiophile recording, “Live at Bernies,” with bassist Darek Oles and drummer Joe La Barbera for the Groove Note label. In addition, “Imaginacion” an album featuring his Latin Jazz Nonet, on Torii Records, spent a month in the number 2 position in the JazzWeek radio polls and features his arrangement of “Do It Again” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2006.

In addition so solo performances, he currently plays with his own trio, his group Imaginacion, and duets with the great jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, with whom he has recorded five CDs. He is also composer-in-residence at All Saints Episcopal Church, in Pasadena, California, and Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton.

“Cunliffe offered beautifully crafted melodic textures, enhanced by his playful takes on samba and choro rhythms”  “Cunliffe transform[s] the clustered harmonies and loping swing … into a compelling, improvisationally atmospheric vision of his own” — Los Angeles Times

Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Chuck Tumlinson, consistently receives high scores and acclaim at major west coast jazz festivals. They have been featured on a live radio broadcast across North America as part of the Playboy Jazz Festival, and in 1991 and 1992 won the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival competing against groups from 50 colleges and universities in seven western states. They have performed, by invitation, at many leading California festivals and events, and have produced four award-winning recordings and are currently at work on a fifth.

Admission: Advance sales are $15 ($10 with advance Titan discount)
At the door all tickets are $15
Box Office:

Tickets available at the Performing Arts Center box office at 657-278-3371. Box office hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mondays-Fridays and one hour prior to performance.
Tickets may also be purchased online at

Media Contact: Elizabeth Champion, College of the Arts, at 657-278-2434

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