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Composers Series: Vol. 1

by Bill Dobbins

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Drawing on more than forty years of professional and academic experience, including eight years as principal director of the award-winning WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany, and thirty-five years on the jazz studies faculty of the Eastman School of Music, world-renowned educator, composer, arranger and pianist Bill Dobbins offers his take on selected works of composers whose music represents a major contribution to jazz. In this first in a series of solo piano recordings, captured live at Eastman's Kilbourn Hall, Dobbins presents his arrangements of pieces by Clare Fischer, legendary harmonic wizard and master of jazz, blues, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban idioms, and George Gershwin, consummate songwriter and the most successful of early twentieth-century composers at bringing jazz elements into symphonic writing.

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released December 17, 2015

Bill DOBBINS, piano

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Bill Dobbins Rochester, New York

BILL DOBBINS is professor of jazz studies at the Eastman School of Music, where he currently teaches jazz composing and arranging while directing the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Orchestra. From 1994 through 2002 Mr. Dobbins was principal director of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, where from 1998 to 2002, he also headed the jazz studies department at the Hochschule für Musik. ... more

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