music for jazz guitar

Bill McCormick

Connecticut-based Jazz composer and guitarist Bill McCormick was educated at Boston’s Berklee College of Music in the early 1970s. There he studied with Tom Szymczak, Jon Damian, spent 2 1/2 years building a solid musical foundation with Bill Leavitt and experienced a brief but life-changing 7 month period of study with guitar great Mick Goodrick.

His performing career cut short in his mid-twenties by a debilitating shoulder injury, Bill was musically inactive for over a decade. But the urge to create music became too strong to ignore. “I began writing some musical exercises for guitar, and just kept going.” These “simple exercises” soon spawned a catalogue of books and Bill’s first CD, “Music For Guitar Volume I.”

“To Be Continued...”, his second CD launching 1/13/09 by mPub music, composer Bill McCormick presents eight new compositions, performed by a quintet comprised of five of New York’s finest Jazz artists.

Featuring Ken Hatfield, Jazz’s leading exponent of the nylon string guitar, Bill’s quintet also includes reed man Jim Clouse, bassist extraordinaire Hans Glawischnig, master percussionist Steve Kroon, and drumming genius Dan Weiss.

Says Bill McCormick, ”My intent is to showcase Ken Hatfield in a wide variety of Jazz genres so that listeners can enjoy the full range of Ken’s terrific talent, experience and artistry. In addition, I’ve been tremendously fortunate to have secured the top-flight skills of Jim, Hans, Steve and Dan for this recording. In every way, the right players came together at the right place and at the right time to create this CD.”


Photo Credit: Ken Korsh, NY, NY

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