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131 shows hosted by Bill Kirchner
and sponsored by the Institute of Jazz Studies.

Sundays from 11 p.m. to midnight, Eastern Time.
(NOTE: WBGO also broadcasts on the Internet at www.wbgo.org.)

September 14: Bill Kirchner Nonet, Part 2
August 17: Bill Kirchner Nonet, Part 1
July 20: John Abercrombie, guitarist
June 22: Ian Carey, trumpeter/composer/arranger
May 18: Billy Hart Quartet
April 20: Cannonball Adderley, alto saxophonist
March 23: Jimmy Owens, trumpeter/composer/arranger
February 23: New York Voices, vocal group
January 19: Pee Wee Russell, clarinetist

December 15: Bill Evans Trio, 1968-74
November 17: C4 Trio
October 27: Miles Davis Quintet, 1969
September 29: Paul Winter Sextet, 1962-63
August 18: Miles Davis Quintet, Fall 1967
July 21: Mary Ann McCall, singer

November 11: Jack Walrath, trumpeter/composer/arranger
October 14: John Surman, baritone saxophonist
September 2: Michele Rosewoman, pianist/composer
August 26: The Singers Unlimited, vocal group
July 15: Janet Lawson, singer
June 24: Enrico Rava, trumpeter
May 27: "Two Pianos, Four Hands," Part 3
April 22: Jack Walrath, trumpeter/composer/arranger
March 18: Sheila Jordan, singer
February 12: "Two Pianos, Four Hands," Part 2
January 8: Jimmy Owens, trumpeter/composer/arranger

December 11: Andy Gravish, trumpeter
November 13: The WDR Big Band with Guest Vocalists
October 16: "Oleo"
September 11: Carol Fredette, singer
August 14: Don Byron, clarinetist
July 10: Booker Little, trumpeter, and Eric Dolphy, woodwinds
June 19: Cannonball Adderley/John Coltrane and Lee Konitz/Warne Marsh, saxophone duos
May 22: Bill Kirchner's 100th JFTA Show
April 17: Manny Albam, composer/arranger
March 20: Harry Carney, baritone saxophonist
February 20: Itiberê Orquestra Familia
January 16: Herbie Hancock 50th Anniversary

December 12: "What's New" and "Old Folks"
November 21: Marvin Stamm, trumpeter
October 10: Scott Robinson, multi-instrumentalist
September 19: Franck Amsallem, pianist/composer/singer
August 8: Egberto Gismonti, composer/pianist/guitarist
July 18: Gene Lees, lyricist/author
June 6: Dave Liebman, saxophonist
May 2: "Body And Soul"
April 18: Claudio Roditi, trumpeter
March 21: Howard Johnson, tubist
February 14: Three NYC Big Bands
January 10: "Jazz Meets Contemporary Pop"

December 13: Carla Bley, composer/arranger
November 22: Jay Corre, tenor saxophonist
October 11: "Two Pianos, Four Hands"
September 27: John Klemmer, tenor saxophonist
August 9: Steve Kuhn, pianist/composer
July 12: "Some Singers I've Known"
June 14: Gerry Niewood, saxophonist/flutist
May 10: Richard Sudhalter, trumpeter/author
April 12: Victor Feldman, pianist/vibraphonist
March 8: Freddie Hubbard, trumpeter
February 8: James Moody, saxophonist/flutist
January 18: Gil Evans, composer/arranger
January 11: Don Ellis, trumpeter/composer/bandleader

December 7: Horace Silver, pianist/composer
November 23: Sy Johnson, arranger
October 19: Lee Morgan, trumpeter & Hank Mobley, tenor saxophonist
September 28: Norma Winstone, singer
August 24: Joe Daley Trio & Steve Harrow Quintet
July 20: Helen Merrill, singer & Dick Katz, pianist/arranger
June 22: Michael Abene, pianist/composer/arranger
May 25: Johnny Carisi, composer/arranger
April 13: Glenn Wilson, baritone saxophonist
March 23: Gil Evans, composer/arranger
February 17: Hubert Laws, flutist
January 20: Jim Ferguson, singer/bassist

December 16: Oliver Nelson, saxophonist
November 25: Dick Twardzik, pianist
October 28: Harry James, trumpeter/bandleader
September 30: Pianists with Woodwinds
August 19: Benny Carter, composer
July 15: Three (Young NYC Jazz) Tenors
June 17: Johnny Mandel, composer
May 20: Joe Lovano, tenor saxophonist & Hank Jones, pianist
April 15: Armen Donelian, pianist
March 18: Anita O'Day, singer
February 18: Herbie Hancock, pianist
January 14: Harold Danko, pianist, & Rich Perry, tenor saxophonist

December 10: Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophonist/composer
November 12: Bob Brookmeyer, trombonist/composer/arranger
October 15: Ralph Lalama, tenor saxophonist
September 24: Edmond Hall, clarinetist
August 13: Mike Crotty, composer/arranger
July 9: Eddie Harris, tenor saxophonist
May 21: Jackie Cain and Roy Kral, singer & pianist/singer/arranger
April 23: Denny Zeitlin, pianist/composer
February 19: John Stowell, guitarist
January 8: Sara Cassey, composer

November 6: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
October 2: Anita Gravine, singer & Michael Abene, arranger
September 11: Albert Dailey, pianist
August 14: Randy Sandke, trumpeter / composer / arranger
July 10: Marc Copland, pianist
June 19: Danny Hayes, trumpeter
May 8: Keith Jarrett, pianist
April 10: John Stowell, guitarist
February 6: The 1982 "Jazz at the Opera House" Concert
January 9: Gary Burton, vibraphonist & Mike Gibbs, composer-arranger

December 5: Junior Mance, pianist
October 3: Joe Farrell, flutist
August 15: Benny Golson, tenor saxophonist / composer / arranger
July 11: Jerry Dodgion, alto saxophonist / composer / arranger
June 20: Jaki Byard, pianist / composer / arranger
May 16: Dick Oatts, alto saxophonist
April 18: Benny Golson, tenor saxophonist / composer / arranger
March 21: Florian Ross, pianist / composer / arranger
February 15: Duke Ellington's music, played by others
January 18: Lorraine Desmarais, pianist

December 14: Putte Wickman, clarinetist
November 2: Bob Freedman, composer/arranger
October 19: Andy Bey, singer/pianist
September 14: Bobby Vince Paunetto, composer/arranger/vibraphonist
August 17: The University of Illinois Jazz Band
July 13: Kenny Wheeler, trumpeter/composer/arranger
June 15: Buck Hill, tenor saxophonist
May 11: Michael Rabinowitz, bassoonist
April 6: Shirley Horn and Johnny Mandel, singer/pianist and composer/arranger
March 2: Cal Tjader and Clare Fischer, vibraphonist & pianist/composer/arranger
February 16: John McNeil, trumpeter
January 12: Joe Kennedy, Jr., violinist

December 1: The Sound Of Feeling, vocal group
November 3: Nathen Page, guitarist
October 6: Thad Jones, composer/arranger
August 4: Benny Carter, 95th Birthday Tribute
July 14: Rod Levitt, composer/arranger/trombonist
June 16: Gregory Herbert, saxophonist
May 5: Gary McFarland, composer/arranger/vibraphonist


"An Evening of Indigos"
Bill Kirchner, soprano saxophone
Holli Ross, voice
Jim Ferguson, voice, bass
Carlton Holmes, piano

The New School Jazz Performance Space
55 W. 13th Street, 5th floor, NYC
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 8 p.m.

Bill Kirchner, guest conductor
Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble
Dave Rivello, conductor

Eastman School of Music
26 Gibbs St.
Rochester, NY 14625

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 8 p.m.
Kilbourn Hall
Free and open to the public

"A Beautiful Friendship"
Bill Kirchner, soprano saxophone
Carol Fredette, voice
Marc Copland, piano

The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park South
NYC 10003
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7 p.m.

$20 Cash Cover/Cash Bar
(Light fare will be available for purchase by cash or credit card during the performance.)
reservations@theplayersnyc.org or (212) 475-6116

Bob Brookmeyer Memorial
Coordinated by Bill Kirchner

St. Peter's Lutheran Church
East 54th St. between 3rd & Lexington Avenues, NYC
Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

"Kirche Tönen": The Music of Bill Kirchner
with the Manhattan School of Music Concert Jazz Band
Conducted by Justin DiCioccio

Manhattan School of Music, Borden Auditorium
West 122nd Street & Broadway, NYC
Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 seniors and students
Box Office: 917-493-4428,
or online sales through the MSM website

Bill Kirchner,
soprano saxophone;
Armen Donelian, piano;
Jim Ferguson, bass & voice

Richard Sudhalter Memorial Concert
St. Peter's Church, NYC
Monday, January 12, 2009, 7 p.m.

Bill Kirchner,
soprano saxophone;
Marc Copland, piano

The New School Jazz Performance Space
55 W. 13th Street 5th floor, NYC
Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 8 p.m.

Bill Kirchner,
soprano saxophone
Eddie Monteiro
MIDI-accordion, vocals
Ron Vincent, drums

Trumpets, Montclair, NJ
Friday, June 8, 2007, 8:30 p.m.

Bill Kirchner,
soprano saxophone & conductor;

New Jersey City University
Faculty Concert
Sunday, March 25, 2007, 3 p.m.

Bill Kirchner,
soprano saxophone

Clark, New Jersey
Thursday, March 22, 2007, 7-11 p.m.

Bill Kirchner,
soprano saxophone;
Junior Mance, piano

St. Peter's Church, NYC
Wednesday, January 3, 2007, 1 p.m.


Bill Kirchner, artist-in-residence
KUG Institut für Jazz
Graz, Austria
May 28-June 2, 2014

with Cecil Bridgewater,
Billy Harper,
Bill Kirchner,
and Jimmy Owens.

Jazz Improv Convention
The New Yorker Hotel, NYC
Gramercy Park Suite
Saturday, October 27, 2007, 12 noon.



edited by Bill Kirchner
(Oxford University Press, 2000)
A collection of 60 specially-commissioned essays by 59 prominent musicians, scholars, and critics.

2001 Award for "Best Jazz Book," Jazz Journalists' Association

"More than a treatise on jazz, this book is a compilation of articles on all phases of the music contributed by musicians and professional writers who speak for the art firsthand.  Highly recommended for everyone interested in jazz."
-- Benny Carter

"No book on jazz has ever attempted the scope of this monumental collection of 60 studies by 59 writers.  Commissioned and organized by editor Bill Kirchner into an interlocking mosaic, its 800 pages examine and evaluate every aspect of the origins, ongoing development and offshoots of jazz--and its myriad personalities--to a degree which makes this the one indispensable publication in the field.  It is both a reference work for the serious scholar and a rewarding book to be dipped into by the casual reader."

-- George Avakian

"...a durable addition to the literature of the music. ...these essays should lead to an irresistible urge to hear more."

-- Nat Hentoff, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"...the over-all writing makes for some of the very best reading pleasure I have ever encountered among jazz texts!"

-- Lee Bash, Jazz Educators Journal

"Not all the essays are equally successful, nor could they even be; but as a whole, the book -- the first of its kind -- asserts itself as a milestone among publications dedicated to jazz: an absorbing reading and a reference book which in the future will be difficult not to take into account."

-- Francesco Martinelli, Musica Jazz (Italy)

"A significant achievement that should reside on every jazz bookshelf...."

-- Larry Appelbaum, Jazz Times

To find more information or purchase this book online, click on .


The Bill Kirchner Nonet
(Jazzheads Records)
Bill Kirchner, composer-arranger, conductor
Dick Oatts, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, alto flute, clarinet, piccolo
Ralph Lalama, tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute, clarinet
Kenny Berger, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, flute
Bud Burridge, Andy Gravish, trumpets, flugelhorns
Douglas Purviance, bass trombone
Carlton Holmes, piano
Chip Jackson, bass
Ron Vincent, drums
(For more information or to purchase this album online, click on .)

"There is no one more masterful in Jazz today who is working in this medium. Like every dedicated Jazz artist who strives to find his own voice, Bill has worked hard to find his in the form of-- The Bill Kirchner Nonet."

--Steve Cerra, www.JazzProfiles.com

"....fabulous music! Great 'orchestral' orchestration --- and with a nonet!! [A] dynamite achievement...."

--Michael Gibbs, composer/arranger

"Bill's arranging style is just as multilayered and brooding as [Gil] Evans' charts and as shrewd and mighty as [Thad] Jones'. Songs latch onto a mood and develop with sharp elegance and intelligence, telling a story and building to a point."

--Marc Myers, www.JazzWax.com

"....excitement, expansiveness and an impressive range of tonal colors. His adventurous three-part 'Lifeline Suite' is an important contribution to the literature of mid-sized bands."

--Doug Ramsey, www.Rifftides.com

CD LENGTH:  (76:46)

Fancy Dance (Joe Sample)
BMG Blue, BMI  8:55

Brother Brown (Marshall Hawkins)
Seahawk Music, BMI  9:36

Lullaby (Bill Kirchner)
Bill Kirchner Music, BMI  7:44

Dream Dancing (Cole Porter)
Chappell-Co. Inc., ASCAP  12:59

Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter)
Miyako Music, BMI  6:47

Maximum Density (Andy LaVerne)
Kranmars Music, ASCAP  6:42

Lifeline Suite (Bill Kirchner)
Bill Kirchner Music, BMI
Part 1: Holding Patterns  6:15
Part 2: Try To Understand  7:48
Part 3: For Judy  6:11

Quiet Now (Denny Zeitlin)
Ludlow Music Inc., BMI 3:33

All music arranged by Bill Kirchner.

Produced by Bill Kirchner
Recorded in concert at the New School Jazz Performance Space,
New York City, November 13, 2001.

Recording Engineer: John Davis
Mastering Engineer: Malcolm Addey
Graphic Design: Javier Chacin and Judy Kahn

The Bill Kirchner Nonet with special guest Sheila Jordan
(Jazzheads Records)
Bill Kirchner, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, piccolo
Ralph Lalama, tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet
Glenn Wilson, baritone saxophone, flute
Bill Warfield, Brian Lynch, trumpets, flugelhorns
Douglas Purviance, bass trombone
Marc Copland, piano
Mike Richmond, bass
Ron Vincent, drums
Sheila Jordan, vocals

(For more information or to purchase this album online, click on .)

"A magical night...."

-- Larry Kart (from his liner notes)

"...one of the finest mid-sized bands in jazz. His guest vocalist is Sheila Jordan, whose daring and musicality are at a peak here."

-- Doug Ramsey, www.Rifftides.com

"...he turns jazz standards inside out and ends up with highly energized, brawling results."

-- Marc Myers, www.JazzWax.com


CD LENGTH:  (52:02)

Opening Announcements   0:44

So Many Stars (Sergio Mendes/Alan & Marilyn Bergman)
Spirit Two Music Inc./Threesome Music Co./W B Music Corp., ASCAP  7:41

Maximum Density (Andy LaVerne)
Kranmars Music, ASCAP   6:23

Whose Little Angry Man (Judd Woldin/Robert Brittan)
EMI Blackwood Music, Inc., BMI  5:47

Quasimodo (Charlie Parker/Sheila Jordan)
Songs Of Universal Inc., BMI   10:34

I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
Chappell-Co. Inc., ASCAP  8:11

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Cole Porter)
Chappell-Co. Inc., ASCAP  12:23

Band Credits  0:19

So Many Stars and Maximum Density arranged by Bill Kirchner.
Whose Little Angry Man, Quasimodo, and You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
arranged by Bill Kirchner and Sheila Jordan.
I Concentrate On You arranged by Mike Crotty.

Recorded at the Chicago Jazz Festival,
Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, September 4, 1987.

Mastering Engineer: Malcolm Addey
Graphic Design: Javier Chacin and Judy Kahn

  BILL KIRCHNER, soprano saxophone
(Jazzheads Records)

(For more information or to purchase this album online, click on .)

"...this is, indeed, music of the heart."

-- Larry Kart (from his liner notes)

"[Copland] and Kirchner, playing soprano saxophone, interact with spontaneity and freshness that belie the challenges they set themselves."

-- Doug Ramsey, www.Rifftides.com

"This album requires and rewards close and repeated listening."

-- Thomas Cunniffe, www.jazzhistoryonline.com

"Bill has an ability to drill down below the surface of a song and fearlessly reach around from an emotional and technical perspective, finding new musical corners and aspects you may have missed."

-- Marc Myers, www.JazzWax.com


CD LENGTH:  (76:42)

Estate (Bruno Martino/Bruno Brighetti)
Universal Music Publishing Ricordi SRL, ASCAP   13:45

Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma/Jacques Prévert/Johnny Mercer)
Morley Music, ASCAP  14:33

I Fall In Love Too Easily (Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn)
EMI Feist Catalog Inc./Music Publishing Co. of America, ASCAP  11:09

Footprints (Wayne Shorter)
Miyako Music, BMI  11:19

My Foolish Heart (Victor Young/Ned Washington)
Anne Rachel Music Corp./Catharine Hinen/Patti Washington Music, ASCAP  11:40

Keester Parade (Johnny Mandel)
Marissa Music, ASCAP  8:00

Agitation (Miles Davis)
East St. Louis Music Inc./Jazz Horn Music Corp., BMI  6:16

Recorded at The New School Jazz Performance Space,
New York City, September 23, 2008.
Recording Engineer: Christopher Hoffman
Mastering Engineer: Malcolm Addey
Cover Photo: Ed Berger
Graphic Design: Javier Chacin and Judy Kahn

with Bill Kirchner, Eddie Monteiro, Ron Vincent, & Jackie Cain
(Evening Star Records)

For more information or to purchase this album online,
click on

"…a welcome surprise...[with] eleven highly varied tracks…." --
Paul Blair, Hot House

"...a tonal blend that turns out quite lovely on this largely lyrical album." --
Owen Cordle, The News & Observer

" ‘Everything I Love’ is delightful, very heartfelt, personal, and engaging from note 1." --
Mike Gibbs, composer/arranger

"…a beautiful, personal sound on the soprano, with lovely graceful phrases and—all too rare—no wasted notes or clichés" --
Denny Zeitlin, pianist/composer

The Bill Kirchner Nonet -- LIVE IN CONCERT (A-Records)

Bill Kirchner, soprano and alto saxophones, flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet
Ralph Lalama, tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet
Michael Rabinowitz, bassoon, bass clarinet
Bud Burridge, Brian Lynch, trumpets, flugels
Douglas Purviance, bass trombone
Carlton Holmes, piano, synthesizer
Chip Jackson, bass, electric bass
Ron Vincent, drums

"The arrangements of its broad range of material from pop covers to originals are vibrant and filled with wonderful instrumental colors and harmonic ideas." --

Ken Franckling, UPI

"...a near perfect balance between the rehearsed precision of a big band and the no-holds-barred flexibility of a smaller group.... The solos are of an extraordinarily high order, benefiting from arrangements that make their statement, then support the soloists seemingly wherever they want to go." --

Bill Bennett, Jazz Times

"The diverse program of tunes blooms with high points of gleaming harmonies and stunning improvised solos...."

Herb Wong, Jazz Educators Journal

(For more information or to purchase this album online, click on .)


CD 1:  (Total= 56:20)

Trance Dance (Kenny Cox) Kenox Publishing Co., BMI   8:48
Solos:   Lalama (tenor), Burridge (trumpet), Jackson (bass)

Brother Brown (Marshall Hawkins) Seahawk Music, BMI   8:51
Solos:   Lynch (trumpet), Lalama (tenor), Vincent (drums)

Theme for Gregory (Bill Kirchner) Bill Kirchner Music, BMI   12:00
Solos:   Holmes (piano), Burridge (flugelhorn), Kirchner (soprano)

Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter) Miyako Music, BMI   7:15
Solos:   Rabinowitz (bassoon), Holmes (piano)

Low Tide (Mike Crotty) Walrus Music Publishing, ASCAP  6:17
Solo:   Jackson (bass)

Turkish Taffy (Mike Richmond) Ped Xing Publishing Co., BMI  12:29
Solos:   Jackson (bass), Purviance (bass trombone), Lalama (tenor)

CD 2:  (Total= 50:30)

Sunday in New York (Peter Nero/Carroll Coates) EMI Hastings Inc., BMI   9:36
Solos:   Lynch (trumpet), Rabinowitz (bassoon)

Hiding Place (Marc Copland) Maralco Music, BMI   9:54
Solos:   Holmes (piano), Burridge (flugelhorn), Rabinowitz (bassoon), Vincent (drums)

Velas Içadas (Ivan Lins/Vitor Martins) Kidada Music/Warner Tamerlane, BMI   8:27
Solo:   Lynch (flugelhorn)

2-5-1 (Jane Ira Bloom) Outline Music, BMI   13:40
Solos:   Jackson (bass), Lynch (trumpet), Lalama (tenor), Vincent (drums)

Close to You (Burt Bacharach/Hal David) Casa David/New Hidden Valley Music, ASCAP   8:39
Solos:   Purviance (bass trombone), Kirchner (soprano), Holmes (piano)

Recorded on April 8, 1990, in Baird Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

All arrangements by Bill Kirchner,
except for Low Tide by Mike Crotty and 2-5-1 by Jane Ira Bloom and Bill Kirchner.

Produced by: Bill Kirchner
Engineer: John Tyler
Mastering: Malcolm Addey
A&R/Production Coordination: Angelo Verploegen
Art Direction/Design: Vincentia Grafische Vormgeving
Photograph: Mitchell Seidel

  duets with pianists
Michael Abene, Marc Copland, and Harold Danko

"...a rare opportunity to hear a top composer/arranger stretch out in a duet setting with three of the best pianists around."

--Larry Nai, Cadence

"Kirchner's sound is beautiful, his dynamics broad, his sense of give-and-take matched by his sense of humor."

--Bill Bennett, Jazz Times

"The results are so full and deep that only several listenings reveal the many layers this music has to offer."

--Jeff Sultanof, JazzOne

"...a testament to the artistry of Kirchner and the material and partners he's chosen."

--Judith Schlesinger, 52nd Street Jazz.com

(For more information or to purchase this album online, click on .)

CD LENGTH:  (69:42)


Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma/Jacques Prévert/Johnny Mercer)
Morley Music, ASCAP   11:55

Some Enchanted Evening (Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II)
Williamson Music Co., ASCAP   6:34

Bye Bye Baby (Jule Styne/Leo Robin)
Music Sales Corp., ASCAP   7:31

Laurie (Bill Evans)
TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc., BMI   4:28

Rock Skippin' at the Blue Note (Billy Strayhorn/Duke Ellington)
Tempo Music Inc./Famous Music Corp., ASCAP  5:48

The Star-Crossed Lovers (Billy Strayhorn/Duke Ellington)
Tempo Music Inc./Famous Music Corp., ASCAP   4:34

Alone Together (Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz)
W.B. Music Corp./Arthur Schwartz Music Ltd., ASCAP  6:28

I'm All Smiles (Michael Leonard/Herbert Martin)
BJS Music Corp./Edward H. Morris & Co., Inc., ASCAP   6:40

Agitation (Miles Davis)
Jazz Horn Music Corp./Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI   2:36

Silver Oaks (Bill Kirchner)
Bill Kirchner Music, BMI  6:10

I Almost Said Goodbye (Bill Kirchner)
Bill Kirchner Music, BMI  6:32

Recorded on September 30, 1986 at Classic Sound, New York City

Produced by: Bill Kirchner
Engineer: Craig Bishop
Mastering: Malcolm Addey
Production Coordination: Colette Pannemans
Art Direction/Design: Ruud van Thiel/Schets Design
Photograph of Bill Kirchner: Chad Wyatt