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Dobbins, Bill (conductor)
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Bill Dobbins (conductor)

Bill Dobbins is professor of jazz studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he teaches courses in jazz arranging and composing, jazz pedagogy and history, and directs the award winning Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Orchestra. From 1994 through 2002 he was principal conductor of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. He continues working there as guest conductor, as well as with the Metropole Orchestra in Hilversum, Holland.

Mr. Dobbins also has a background as a classical pianist, having performed with orchestras and ensembles under the direction of Louis Lane, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss and Frederick Fennell. He was a prizewinner in the 1972 Gaudeamus International Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music in Rotterdam. As a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and conductor, he has collaborated with such well known artists as Clark Terry, James Moody, Chuck Israels, Red Mitchell, Phil Woods, Al Cohn, Eddie Daniels, Dave Liebman, Kevin Mahogany, Peter Erskine, Gary Foster and the Kings Singers. He is also active in jazz workshops in music schools and conservatories throughout the world. In addition to his long association with the Eastman School, he headed the jazz studies department at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne from 1998 to 2002.

As author and educator, Mr. Dobbins has numerous publications with Advance Music, including Jazz Arranging and Composing: a Linear Approach, A Creative Approach to Jazz Piano Harmony and How to Play Piano in a Big Band. Books of jazz piano transcriptions include Chick Corea: Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, Herbie Hancock: Classic Jazz Compositions and Piano Solos, and Clare Fischer: Alone Together/Just Me. CDs include Cologne, with Peter Erskine and John Goldsby (Fuzzy Music), Erik Satie: Ich bin sehr jung auf eine sehr alte Welt gekommen, with the WDR Big Band (CMO Music), and The Visit, with John Goldsby (Bass Lion).


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