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.