Lecturer of Music
Bill Carrothers has been a professional pianist for 31 years. He has played many venues throughout the U.S. and Europe including the Village Gate, Knitting Factory, Birdland, Blues Alley, New Morning (Paris), the Audi Jazz Festival in Brussels, the Nevers Jazz Festival (where he shared the bill with Abbey Lincoln), the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim, and the Marciac Festival in France. In October of 2000, Mr. Carrothers headlined the prestigious Rising Star Tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. More recently, Bill headlined a week with his trio at the famed Village Vanguard in New York City as well as two solo performances at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.
He has been a leader on twenty recordings, all of which have received critical acclaim. His sideman credits have included some of the greatest names in jazz including Scott Colley, Buddy DeFranco, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Eric Gravatt, Drew Gress, Tim Hagans, Billy Hart, Billy Higgins, Ari Hoenig, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Gary Peacock, Dewey Redman, Charlie Rouse, James Spaulding, Bill Stewart, Ben Street, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, and Benny Wallace.
Critical praise for Bill Carrothers:
"The relentlessly inventive pianist Bill Carrothers' harmonic sophistication has to be heard to be believed."
- Chicago Tribune
"The pianist of the 21st century."
- Liberation (France)
"One of the most underrated jazz pianists around"
- Pacific Sun
"The new monster of the piano."
- Telerama (France)
"Carrothers' discs are epistles of taste and derring-do."
- Village Voice
"Bill Carrothers is standing on the threshold of being the great hope of the piano."
- Jazzman Magazine (France)
"Carrothers is a class act, already endowed with a formidable breadth of experience, and able to fit in with most contemporary jazz situations."
- Penguin Guide To Jazz (9th edition, 2008)
Bill Carrothers' personal webpage: http://www.carrothers.com/