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Bill Farrish

Short Bio

Hailing from St. Albans, Queens, New York, Bill Farrish, a virtuoso guitarist and accomplished musician, has produced six CDs for MCR Records spanning the late 1990s to the early 2000s under his own name. His compositions have garnered airplay on numerous radio platforms across Europe, the Far East, and South America. In 2014, Farrish received recognition on All About Jazz in an article titled “Practice, Do You?” penned by Dom Minasi, alongside esteemed jazz luminaries. His television appearances encompass collaborations with Bea Moss Productions and “The Carl Bruno Show” on TCI Cable TV. Additionally, he has been prominently featured as an artist in the independently released production “An Evening with Bill Farrish,” produced by Raven Productions for QPTV.

As a sideman Farrish has performed in both concert and club settings with:

  • Saxophonists: Jimmy Halperin, Steve Kenyon
  • Trumpeters: Shunzu Ohno, Kiku Collins, Cecil Bridgewater, Greg Bobulinski, Mike Fijal
  • Drummers and Percussionists: Bernard Purdie, David Garibaldi, Rob Garcia, Sadiq Abdu Shahid, Tito Puente Jr., Mike Portnoy
  • Pianists: Charles Eubanks, Wes Belcamp, Robin Radus
  • Trombonists: Eric Goletz, Dennis Wilson
  • Vocalists: Kim Novack, Arthur Prysock
  • Organist: Jeff Palmer
  • Guitarist: John Stowell
  • Vibraphonist: Ray Alexander
  • and many others..

Partial List of Performances in NYS:

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 Billards, Carol’s Place, Chez Antoine, Ray’s Rhythm Room, Oceanside Alive, Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Sonny’s Place, Crescent City Cafe, The Carltun on the Park, The Concord Hotel, The General Clinton Pub, The B-Side, My Father’s Place, SUNY Oneonta New Music Fest, The Touhey Gallery, The Roxbury Arts Stamford Porch Fest, Sydney NY JAM Festival, The Mill Pond Inn,The Headwaters Music and Arts Festival, CANO, and many more…………

TV and Film:

  • The Carl Bruno Show, TCI Cable Brookhaven, NY
  • We Are One, Bea Moss Productions, NY & Isreal
  • An Evening With Bill Farrish, documentary by Raven Productions, Queens Public Television, Queens, NY

Radio:

  • Dialogue and Sketches of a Summer Day have been on radio in over 40 countries including the Ukrane, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Brazil.
  • “The Park, Eun Kyung Show”– Radio Seoul, Flushing NY (Theme and incidental music)

In the pit: (off-broadway)

  • The Man of LaMancha 
  • Lil’ Shop of Horrors Hair 
  • Jesus Christ Superstar 
  • Godspell 
  • Tapestry 

Education:

  • BMus Five Towns College
  • MM Jazz Studies SUNY Purchase
  • Extensive private studies with John Abercrombie, JoAnne Brackeen, Joe Monk and Peter Rogine.

Press:

Bill is the consummate musician. He is a wonderful player and a great musician..”Dom Minasi – Jazz Guitarist, Composer, Educator & Recording Artist

“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 musical axis and the result is pleasing, moody, smooth and great.” – Frank Cotolo Pure Reviews (Dialogue)

“If you want to hear some excellent and intensely reflective playing in a small combo format , check out this and the rest of the songs on Dialogue.” – Jazz Fusion Central

“It is some of the best that is out there. …listenin’ to Bill… you will hear guitar playing with “the feel” only one in 6 billion has….and you’ll like it.” –Neal Bond – CentralAudio.com

“Bill’s one of the most creative guitarists I’ve ever heard. The ideas flow from him effortlessly.” – Carl Bruno, The Carl Bruno Show TCI Cable

Article Features:

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AllAboutJazz.com – Practice, Do You? Part 3-3, by Dom Minasi

Thoughts Of The Day, by Dom Minasi

Discography:

  • Dialogue – Bill Farrish / Robin Radus- FMC-NY/MCR Records 
  • Oz – Bill Farrish -FMC-NY/MCR Records 
  • Sketches of a Summer Day – Bill Farrish -FMC-NY/MCR Records
  • Close to the Edge- Bill Farrish -FMC-NY/MCR Records Indie
  • Journal Compilations Vol. 1 – MCR Records 
  • A Rock Odyssey – Remo – MCR Records 
  • Made to Order Guitarist – Remo – MCR Records 
  • Space Jam – Mike Fijal Independent Release Canada

Educational Publications:

  • Top Rated Educational Columnist for Jazz Guitar Today 2018-2020
  • Major Key Jazz/Commercial Harmony Workbook and Text, Farrish Music Co. – 2019 
  • Jazz Guitar Volume I, Farrish Music Co. – 2017 
  • Basic Musicianship Text and Workbook, Farrish Music Co. – 2017 
  • Fretboard Essentials, Books 1, 2 & 3, Farrish Music Co – 2023 
  • Long Arpeggio Studies, Farrish Music Co – 2023

Select Pictures:

(press pics and promotional ads from recent performances)