Bill Carrothers

Bill Carrothers
Campus Address
Shattuck Hall of Music
Room 5
Conservatory of Music
Lecturer of Music

Bill Carrothers has been a professional pianist for more than 40 years. He has played many venues throughout the U.S. and Europe including the The Village Vanguard, Village Gate, Knitting Factory, Birdland, Blues Alley, New Morning (Paris), the Monterey Jazz Festival, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Audi Jazz Festival, the Nevers Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim, AngraJazz, and the Marciac Festival in France. In October of 2000, Mr. Carrothers headlined the prestigious Rising Star Tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Mr. Carrothers has been a leader on over thirty recordings, all of which have received critical acclaim and Top Ten Of The Year accolades in major publications around the globe. He has been awarded a German Schallplattenpreis, the coveted Charles Cros Award in France, and has been nominated for two French Victoires du Jazz. His sideman performing, touring, and recording credits include some of the greatest names in jazz, including Jerry Bergonzi, Seamus Blake, Scott Colley, Buddy DeFranco, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Drew Gress, Tim Hagans, Billy Hart, Billy Higgins, Ari Hoenig, Freddie Hubbard, Dave King, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Gary Peacock, Prince, Dewey Redman, Charlie Rouse, James Spaulding, Bill Stewart, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, and Benny Wallace. Mr. Carrothers has taken part in countless masterclasses and teaching residencies around the world, and has also been an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin since 2011. He makes his home near Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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.” — Télérama (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)

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