Bill O’Connell (Piano)
If you’re into jazz then you probably recognize the man. For nearly two decades he’s been one of the heavy hitters in the world of jazz. For nearly two decades he’s been the pianist, arranger and contributing composer with Grammy award winning Dave Valentin. In between gigs with Dave Valentin (his family band) Bill has worked and performed with legendary giants from Jon Lucien, Mongo Santamaria, Chet Baker, Kenny Rankin,Sonny Rollins, Fort Apache Band, Gato Barbieri, Astrud Gilberto… to name a few. In between the in betweens Bill has made the time for his solo work. Recently debuting his current CD, Latin Jazz Fantasy at the legendary New York Jazz Club, BIRDLAND where he “wowed” the packed house. Bill has his own signature to the term Latin jazz. Listen to him. Each of his CDs has its own story to tell. His newest CD, Latin Jazz Fantasy is a breakthrough, swinging collection of great material equipped with string and horn arrangements, offering material for duo to full orchestra.