About Bill

William “Bill” Westcott, BMus (Illinois), MM(Southern Illinois) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Music, York University, Toronto.

Professor Westcott is a pianist, composer, arranger, musicologist and music theorist specializing in African-American and classical music of the 20th century.

A piano player from the age of 8, Bill studied blues piano with “Little Brother” Montgomery, a major blues recording artist of the 1930s and of the later blues revival, alongside his formal university training in music. This experience confirmed him in his life-long interest in early blues and jazz piano styles.

While working occasionally as a soloist and accompanist in classical performance, Bill has performed as a band member in various rock, Dixieland, country and western, ragtime, jazz and blues ensembles for more than 40 years. He has appeared as a pianist and singer in Canadian and American music festivals as well as Canadian radio and television broadcasts.

Published on March 25, 2011 at 11:23 am  Leave a Comment  

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