Bill Farrish has performed and or recorded as a leader in various groups ranging in size from solo artist to quintet and also released six CD’s for MCR Records. His music has been featured on several radio broadcasts in Europe, New Zealand, the Far East and South America. As a sideman Bill has performed with Bernard Purdie, David Garibaldi, Arthur Prysock, Ray Alexander, Jimmy Halperin, Cecil Bridgewater,Kiku Collins, Wes Belcamp, Steve Kenyon, and Off-Broadway productions of The Man of LaMancha, Lil’ Shop of Horrors, Hair and Tapestry.session work for gold and platinum recording engineer Remo Leomporra Jr, the bands StrangeColud, QCC, Kim Novak and many others.Television credits include: Bea Moss Productions and The Carl Bruno Show– TCI Cable, TV., featured artist in the independently released!production “An Evening with Bill Farrish” by Raven Productions, QPTV. composer of the theme and incidental music for The Park, Eun Kyung Show– Radio Seoul, Flushing NY. Born to a military family in St. Albans, NY, Farrish grew up on Long Island, where he began playing the guitar at age 12. Like many teenagers at the time, he started out imitating Chuck Berry and B.B King licks. But it was the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock that attracted him to jazz. Farrish enrolled at Five Towns College of Music where he teamed up with other students to play local clubs and bars.
Bill graduated Five Towns College with degrees in Jazz Performance with honors. As a student he was the recipient of the Tiny Grimes Memorial Scholarship for jazz guitar and received two consecutive Awards for Excellence in Jazz Performance. After graduating from Five Towns with a BM in Jazz Performance , Farrish headed to Manhattan where he quickly began to establish himself on the local jazz scene. It wasn’t long before Bill was signed to MCR Records, a small label out of Minneapolis, Mn, which lead to the release of 6 CD’s. Bill also appeared as a regular headliner at Manhattan’s Mikell’s, The Angry Squire and other Manhattan venues. Farrish also held a weekly gig at the Village Lantern on Bleecker St. for 4 straight years.
As a sideman Farrish has performed in both concert and club settings with: Wes Belcamp, Robin Radus, Paula Berardinelli, Neil Waltzer, Bernard Purdie, David Garibaldi, David Gomez, Tito Puente Jr., Mike Portnoy, Jimmy Halperin, Steve Kenyon, Vince Scuderi, Dennis Bram,Kiku Collins, Cecil Bridgewater, Mike Fijal, Greg Bobulinski, George Berardinelli, Eric Goletz, Dennis Wilson, Kim Novack, Arthur Prysock, Dave Ambrosio, Terry Newman, John Ray, Bobby Brennen, Tony Romano, Joe Carbone, Peter Rogine and many others.