Bill Cunliffe to perform in Mountain Star
VAIL – Grammy nominated composer, arranger and jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. From 7-9 p.m. Friday, Cunliffe will give the Vail Symposium an intimate performance at a home in Mountain Star. During “Jazz Piano, from the Brothel to the Big Stage,” he will discuss and demonstrate the role of the jazz pianist both as a soloist and in larger ensembles. The tour de force of the evening will be a new composition that Cunliffe will create from three pieces of varying genres suggested by the audience. After teaching at Central State University in Ohio, Cunliffe toured as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra. He then played and toured with Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, James Moody and Joshua Redman. He currently works with his own trio, and sextet, the Clayton Brothers Quintet, trumpeter Terell Stafford and flutist Holly Hofmann.