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Bill Beach

 

Pianist, Vocalist, Composer

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I first met Bill some years ago in his home town of Portland, Oregon USA. Some mutual friends took me to see him play at a lounge. To say the least I was blown away. Check out the Links to see why I was more than delighted.

 

Fortunately for me Bill also kindly agreed to be the opening Act for a Show we did together at The Corvallis Theater in Oregon.  Needless to state, he was warmly received by the audience.


Bill was introduced to the jazz music of Oscar Peterson and Sonny Rollins at a very young age by his older brother who was a saxophonist. Although his mother was a piano teacher, she sent him to other instructors and Bill turned professional musician when he was just a teenager. He followed his love of jazz and went on to study with Marion McPartland, Warren Bernhardt and Jack DeJohnette.

Bill lived and performed in Amsterdam in 1984 and shortly after his return to the United States he joined the prestigious Ron Steen Trio. During the remainder of the 1980’s they were backing such jazz legends as Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Eddie Harris. Then, fronting his own Portland trio in the1990’s he was playing festivals and clubs with luminaries like Mark Murphy, Nat Adderley, Howard Roberts and Charlie Rouse. In 1994 Bill and his wife founded ALL JAZZ MUSIC to handle booking for corporate events, weddings and private parties in Portland, Oregon and now there is an office in the area of Eugene, Oregon as well. This is also the name of his BMI music publishing company.

The new milennium took his trios all over the globe performing on the ships of Royal Caribbean and Holland America Cruise Lines. During this period he also returned to the singing of his early professional career and in 2003 began studying Portuguese and singing Brazilian music. In 2004 he released his first CD, ‘LETTING GO’, a mix of Brazilian vocals and original instrumentals and shortly after established his own label, AXIAL RECORDS.

“...high class to say the least and a joy to hear.” “...refreshes and soothes the soul.”
     - Tim Taylor, Audiophile Audition

He continued to study the language of Brazil & traveled there to learn more music from that culture & interestingly also began to write his own lyrics in Portuguese. In 2010 he released the CD ‘BRAZIL BEAT’, comprised completely of original music and his Portuguese lyrics. He followed that in 2012 with the release of ‘BUZIOS’, also all original.

 

His music has been used in film and television productions by Warner Brothers, CBS, Fox and Netflix. Bill continues to perform with his jazz trio and quartet but has also established his band BILL BEACH & BRASIL BEAT to focus on the music of Brazil and his own original songs written in Portuguese.


Just two of many tributes :-

 “...an accomplished composer” “Bill Beach truly shines, showing his exquisite phrasing”  
   - Wilbert Sostre, Jazz Times

“...high class to say the least and a joy to hear.” “...refreshes and soothes the soul.”
     - Tim Taylor, Audiophile Audition

SITES:

www.billbeach.com
www.alljazzmusic.com
www.axialrecords.com


MUSIC (from each CD):
Letting Go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwQT4mZDZVo&list=PLUNeQqn0UQToVIbNLVFe60Lay5My6pcM-

Aceitação e Gratidão (Acceptance and Gratitude)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zN-UpggWMw

Búzios
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uetFL7n6Kg4&t=118s

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