Bill Farrish has been playing guitar for over 40 years. He became a professional musician when he was 18 years old. In 1988 he started teaching and working as a full–time musician. In 1999, he was signed to MCR Records. After recording 6 albums with MCR, followed by the collapse of the recording industry, he left the recording business. But still maintained an active performance schedule. Now choosing to release his music independently and on his own terms with a large amount of new material Bill is once again ready to record. Between those years he made his living composing, as a session musician, teaching in college and arranging. During his career he has performed with many great musicians Wes Belcamp, Robin Radus, 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, 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.
Bill’s recordings for MCR Records were very well received and have been in rotation on radio in over 40 countries including the Ukrane, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Brazil.
As an educator his students have included world class musician Edmar Casteneda and many other prominent musicians throughout the world. As a composer Bill’s music has been featured in Raven Productions documentary, “An Evening with Bill Farrish”, The Park, Eun Kyung Show – Radio Seoul, Flushing NY, and many others.
During his time in NYC Bill and his quartet performed regularly at Mikell’s, The Angry Squire, The Trocadero, Cleopatra’s Needle, The Village Lantern, Cookin’ with Jazz, The Colden Center, Tavern on the Green, Pocket’s Billiards, Carol’s Place, Chez Antoine, Ray’s Rhythm Room, Oceanside Alive Music Festival, Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Sonny’s Place, Crescent City Cafe, The Carltun on the Park and The Concord Hotel among others.
In 2016, Bill put his performing career on hold and returned to college to pursue a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies. After careful consideration, he accepted a “Life Experience” scholarship to enter the prestigious jazz program at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where he was fortunate to study with Doug Munro and John Abercrombie. During that year Bill was also still on faculty at SUNY Oneonta and was commuting 400 miles a week to make things work.
In 2014 All About Jazz featured an article by Dom Minassi which included Bill entitled “Practice, Do You? Part 3-3” This article also included many of the worlds top jazz musicians including John Scofield, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie and many others. In 2016 Bill published two books, entitled Jazz Guitar Volume I and Basic Musicianship which have sold worldwide.
Besides teaching jazz guitar at SUNY Oneonta, Bill is also an Associate Professor of Music at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. Where he teaches jazz guitar, jazz harmony, ear training and repertoire. Now with all the work behind him Bill is back to performing and looking to book as many gigs as possible and working on new music.
Previous recordings have included, Dialogue – Bill Farrish / Robin Radus- FMC-NY/MCR Records (released 1999, re-released 2002), Space Jam – Mike Fijal Independent Release Canada 2000, Oz – Bill Farrish -FMC-NY 2000, Sketches of a Summer Day – Bill Farrish -FMC-NY/MCR Records 2001, The Bill Farrish Collection-Bill Farrish -FMC-NY/MCR Records 2001, Close to the Edge- Bill Farrish -FMC-NY/MCR Records 2001, Indie Journal Compilations Vol. 1, Indie Journal, MCR Records 2001, A Rock Odyssey- Remo, MCR Records 2001, Made to Order- Remo, MCR Records 2002, Psychedelic Orange – Strangecloud -MCR Records 2000, and work as the house guitarist for MCR Records, Minneapolis, Mn. 1999-2003
“Excellent and intensely reflective playing in a small- combo format”. – Jazz Fusion Central
“Guitar playing with the feel only one in 6 billion has and you’ll like it.“ – Neal Bond, CentralAudio.com
“Improv tracks, original and barely produced. It’s Zen recording time, kids and this talented duo pulls it off……….Farrish and Radus are able to fly on their axes and the result is great”. – Frank Cotolo Pure Reviews (Dialogue)