"Warfield's kind of music is a mixture of adventurous modernistic pieces, jazz tinged salsa, and post-bop hipness...as an arranger, trumpeter Warfield is a top-rate craftsman, perhaps one of the best on the scene.

"..a dynamic and innovative composer, bandleader, and trumpeter, Bill Warfield has energized audiences, performers, and writers for more than two decades. He's performed with such diverse artists at Ornette Coleman, Mel Torme, David Sanborn, Yellowjackets and Sonny Stitt..."
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Bill’s recordings include Song of Storyville, Hard Bop, Sambra and A Faceless Place, all on Laurel Hill Records and A Window that Shows Me the Moon and A Trumpet Story featuring Randy Brecker on Planet Arts Network. His current CD, on the Blujazz label, is The Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra's Mercy Mercy Mercy.

As an educator Bill directs the Jazz program at Lehigh University and holds an M.M. in Jazz Commercial Trumpet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he received the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Jazz/Commercial Music, The Carmine Caruso Award for Outstanding Musicality and Trumpet Performance and the Maynard Ferguson Scholarship.

He performs regularly at such New York City venues as Iridium, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club and The Garage and frequently performs and teaches in Europe in addition to writing commissioned works for various conservatories and radio orchestras around the world.

His work has led to associations with artists including Sonny Stitt, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Sheila Jordan, Jon Faddis, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Mel Lewis, Ornette Coleman, Lester Bowie, Lee Konitz, The Yellow Jackets, Eddie Palmieri, Randy Brecker and others.

Bill is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz by Ira Gitler and Leonard Feather and the online Biographical Jazz listings by Lewis Porter.

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The Bill Warfield Big Band
For Lew
My latest album, For Lew, is set to release on March 9 on the Planet Arts Records label. The CD is a tribute to Lew Soloff, my late mentor, colleague, and friend. The disc is compiled from material I’ve recorded with my big band between 1990 and 2014 and includes ten selections and two of the tracks are previously unreleased.

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Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra
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The Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
"Bill Warfield offers some tracks that would be irrefutable additions to a party mix"-DownBeat My latest CD Mercy, Mercy, Mercy features re-arangements of 11 songs by such artist as Joe Zawinul, Eddie Harris, Tito Puente and Benny Golson and others. Read more...

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