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About Guitarist Bill Barnes
Although jazz has always been his passion, Bill actually began his professional career in the late sixties as a backup musician for touring R&B recording acts. His first national tour was with Atco Records star Arthur Conley (“Sweet Soul Music”) on a series of concert dates to promote the release of Conley’s second hit single, “Funky Street.”
Since then he has played with recording artists such as Eddy Floyd, Spider Turner, Sam the Sham, Rufus Thomas, The Drifters, The Coasters, Tommy Roe, The Marvelettes, Len Barry, Gary US Bonds, Dion, Little Eva, Gabrielle Goodman, and many others.
On the concert stage he has opened for a diverse lineup of top acts including Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Dobie Gray, Tommy James and the Shondells, Blue Oyster Cult, Michael Henderson, Betty Wright, Peaches & Herb, The Turtles, KC and the Sunshine Band and Curtis Mayfield.
In New York he worked as a studio musician for over 13 years, doing sessions for Don Casale’s Easy Street and Malaco Records as well as various projects for Columbia Records.
With three CD’s to his credit, Bill is also an accomplished music journalist and essayist. His music reviews and feature articles have appeared in publications such as New York Nitelife and the popular jazz website, Jazz.com. Editor-in-Chief Ted Gioia (History of Jazz, Delta Blues, Healing Songs) called him “Jazz.com’s resident expert on Gypsy Jazz.”