Noted pianist and composer Bill Cunliffe is the guest artist for the final performance in MTSU’s 2014-15 Jazz Artist Series. He will appear in concert Saturday, March 21, 7:30pm in Hinton Hall in the Wright Music Building on the MTSU Campus. Tickets are $10 for the general public, free for MTSU students, faculty, & staff.

Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. Bill began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name.

Bill’s books “Jazz Keyboard Toolbox” and “Jazz Inventions for Keyboard” (Alfred Music Publishing) have become standard reference works. His most recent publications are “Uniquely Christmas” (2012), a book of arrangements inspired by his CD “That Time of Year,” and “Uniquely Familiar: Standards for Advanced Solo Piano” (2010).

Cunliffe was awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for “West Side Story Medley,” on the album “Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson” (Resonance Records, 2009). In addition to receiving five Grammy nominations, he is a two-time Emmy nominee.

Below is a video illustrating Cunliffe’s skills as both arranger and pianist (check out his solo at 3:08).

Now in its 16th season, the MTSU Jazz Artist Series brings internationally renowned jazz artists to campus for performances and educational workshops. Past guest artists have included some of the most important musicians and educators in jazz history.

For more information about MTSU’s Jazz Artist Series or any other events in the MTSU School of Music, please visit http://www.mtsumusic.com or call 615-898-2493.