Bill Frisell Schedule
Although Bill Frisell didn't step into the recording studio until the 1980s, he was already
well versed in the genre after years of playing various instruments and learning from other musicians. A jazz musician who
fuses bluegrass, country and rock into his music, Frisell is well known for his authentic lyrics, melodies and style.
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Bill Frisell Background
Bill Frisell started playing the clarinet in the fourth grade in Denver, Colorado, and
picked up the guitar a few years later - as a personal form of entertainment. Throughout grade school, he continued taking
the stage for school concerts and playing the clarinet in marching bands. For a very short time, he pondered taking up the
classical clarinet professionally.
In his formative teenage years, Frisell played guitar in rock and R&B bands.
He developed a passion for jazz after discovering Wes Montgomery's music. And a Denver-based guitarist and educator, Dale
Bruning, nurtured Frisell's fervor for jazz.
Eventually Frisell decided to make guitar his main instrumental focus.
After going to the University of Northern Colorado for a short time, Frisell relocated to Boston in 1971. He attended the
Berklee School of Music, studying with John Damian and Michael Gibbs. While at Berklee, Frisell networked with others who
shared the same musical philosophies. He additionally studied with Jim Hall, who turned out to be one of Frisell's most inspirational
mentors. In the mid-70s, Frisell began to focus on merging jazz with other genres and first learned to use a guitar with a
flexible neck. From there he began to experiment with new jazz styles. And in the late 1970s, he journeyed to Belgium where
he was introduced to Manfred Eicher, the founder of ECM Records. By the early '80s, Frisell began to cut records consistently
under the ECM Records label.
Frisell garnered glowing reviews from critics, noted for his sophisticated yet accessible
work. Frisell relocated to New York where he spent much of his time working with some of the most imaginative musicians who
were lively members of the city's "downtown" jazz scene.
In the '80s and '90s, Frisell continued to record with a dynamic
group of artists. He collaborated with rock and pop musical talents like Marianne Faithfull and Elvis Costello. Quartet, his
1996 album, claimed the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis - the German equal of the Grammy. He additionally swept a variety of magazine
polls for his recordings and solo projects.
By the time the '90s came to a close, Frisell was established as one of
the most recognized jazz musicians on the planet!
Bill Frisell Hit Albums
Bill Frisell has transcended
decade after decade with his unique brand of music. His albums include In Line (1983); Rambler (1984); Lookout for Hope (1987);
Before We Were Born (1989); Is That You? (1990); Where in the World? (1991); Have a Little Faith 1992); This Land (1994);
Go West: Music for the Films of Buster Keaton (1995); The High Sign/One Week: Music for the Films of Buster Keaton (1995);
Live (1995); Quartet (1996); Nashville (1997); Gone, Just Like a Train (1998); Good Dog, Happy Man (1999); and The Sweetest
Bill Frisell continued to maintain his status as a prolific artist into the 21st century. He released
Ghost Town (2000), followed by Blues Dream (2001) and The Willies (2002). In 2005, he released East/West and Richter 858.
The following year brought a set with Ron Carter and Paul Motian with History, Mystery landing in 2008.
in 2009, followed by Beautiful Dreamers in 2010, Lagrimas Mexicanas with Vinicius Cantuaria in 2011 and Sign of Life: Music
for 858 Quartet in 2011 as well.
Fans can also get a taste of the gifted Bill Frisell from the All We Are Saying - Frisell
Plays Lennon (2011), Floratone II (2012) and Big Sur (2013) albums.
Bill Frisell Trivia
Did you know Bill
Frisell attended high school with future members of Earth, Wind & Fire - the renowned funk group? Yes, it's true - Frisell's
high school classmates included Andrew Woolfolk, Philip Bailey and Larry Dunn.
Bill Frisell Concert Experience
it comes to jazz guitarists, Bill Frisell is authentic in his use of variable timbre. His sound breathes and intensifies like
a saxophonist's, and in many ways, his sound mirrors that of a pedal steel guitar.
Frisell's sound certainly cannot
be pigeonholed because he is a man who possesses a penchant to broaden his tonal palette. Where so many conventional jazz
guitarists depict themselves by the number of notes they can play, Frisell has stepped out of the box by relying on virtue
of his sound.
The best way to experience the sound of Bill Frisell is to reserve tickets for one of his live performances.
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