Reichenbach (Photo René Laanen - November 2001, Netherlands)
Reichenbach started his jazz playing career while still in high
school by playing with various bands in the Washington, D.C. area.
He also sat in with his fathers group at the famous Georgetown
club "Blues Alley" where he played with artists such
as Zoot Simms, Al Cohn, Clark Terry, Urbie Green, Milt Jackson
and others. While studying with Emory Remington at the Eastman
School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., Bill played with many other
jazz artists. He was also the featured jazz trombonist with the
Eastman Jazz Ensemble.
After graduation, Bill joined the Buddy Rich Band and was immediately
featured because of his ability to play jazz on the bass trombone.
In 1975, Bill moved to L.A. were he started playing the jazz tenor
trombone chair on Toshiko Akiyoshis big band. At the same
time, Bill was also the solo jazz trombone player on Don Menzas
big band. As a studio player, Bill has played on about 800 records,
500 motion pictures, and countless TV shows and jingles. Bills
jazz quartet album featuring Peter Erskine on drums, Jimmy Johnson
on bass, and Biff Hannon on piano, reached number 10 on the national
jazz radio play lists. Bill has recorded three albums with Mike
DavisBonetown, Brass Nation and most recently, New Brass.
has also recorded with Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Michael
Jackson, Elton John, Toto, The Yellowjackets, Seawind, Frank Sinatra,
Tony Bennett, David Foster, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, EarthWind
and Fire, Dr. John, Arrowsmith, and Ray Charles. Bill was a featured
artist and clinician at the 1997 International Trombone Festival
in Urbana, Illinois and the 2000 International Trombone Festival
in Utrecht, Holland.
a writer and arranger, Bill has worked on records for Michael
Jackson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Diana Ross and
others. He has arranged many HBO Special Themes and composed the
theme for the HBO One Night Stand comedy show. Bill also composed
the theme for Foxs animated series Peter Pan & the Pirates
as well as much of the underscoring. Bill composed the main title
for a series of Kurt Vonnegut stories called Welcome to the Monkey
House for Showtime. He is currently working on a score for a documentary
film about Frank Lloyd Wright. -
A top-notch studio musician, Bill Reichenbach occasionally emerges
from the commercial music world to play jazz. His father (also
named Bill Reichenbach) was Charlie Byrd's regular drummer from
The younger Reichenbach studied at the Eastman
School of Music and then recorded with Buddy Rich (1972),
Toshiko Akiyoshi (1976-77), Don Menza (1979) and Tom Scott (1983),
among many others.
Tracy talks to Bill Reichenbach
The technically skilled Reichenbach, who led an album for the
Silver Screen label in 1984, has mostly worked in Los Angeles
studios during the past few decades, performing for television,
films and commercial dates.
René Laanen ITF 2000 (Netherlands)
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Bill Reichenbach: bass trombone
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