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Bill Frisell, A Portrait - a film by Emma Franz

The world premiere of Bill Frisell, A Portrait - A film by Emma Franz, screening in competition at the 2017 SWSX Film Festival

The Festival was from March 10th-18th, 2017 with Bill Frisell, A Portrait scheduled for three screenings followed by Q&A sessions with Franz. Bill Frisell will made a special appearance at the second screening and Q&A on March 13th.

Click HERE for the trailer


New Release - Sheet Music

Newly released sheet music transcribed by Jan Jakut features three pieces performed by Bill Frisell.  Shenandoah, Embraceable You (written by George Gershwin) and W.C. Handy's classic St. Louis Blues

Charles Lloyd Inauguration Day release: Masters of War

Charles Lloyd release or Masters of War by Bob DylanCharles Lloyd & The Marvels have released “Masters of War,” a cover of Bob Dylan’s searing anthem that features a powerful vocal by Lucinda Williams. The track was recorded live with guitarist Bill Frisell, pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California on November 28, 2016, and is available today to download or stream. Click HERE to listen.

Grammy Nomination - 2016

Bill Frisell When You Wish Upon A Star


Pleased to announce Bill's 2016 CD release When You Wish Upon A Star was nominated for a grammy award for "Best Contemporary Instrumental Album".

Uncle Paul's Jazz Closet

Uncle Paul's Jazz Closet


The compositions of Paul Motian from 1973-1989   

Paul Bley (1932-2016)

Paul Bley

Bill's remarks on jazz pianist Paul Bley (1932-2016) as told to Ethan Iverson on his blog "Do the Math".


When You Wish Upon A Star

Bill's 2016 release When You Wish Upon A StarAvailable in January of 2016, When You Wish Upon a Star, guitarist Bill Frisell draws upon the classic film and television music we have heard on screen and how it shapes and informs our emotional relationships to what we see.  Frisell, whose own music has been featured in major motion pictures like Finding Forrester and The Million Dollar Hotel performs with singer Petra Haden, violist Eyvind Kang, bassist Thomas Morgan, drummer Rudy Royston in re-imagining time-honored gems such as When You Wish Upon a Star, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Shadow of Your Smile, Moon River, You Only Live Twice, Frisell's own theme for Gary Larson’s television special, Tales from the Far Side and others (for full track listing go to -  Produced by Lee Townsend; engineered by Tucker Martine and Adam Muñoz and mastered with Greg Calbi.

Fretboard Summit, 2015


Bill jamming for David Crosby

The Summit took place November 6-8, 2015 at the Costanoa Resort, outside of Santa Cruz, California. It’s a unique, sprawling property where cell phones don’t work and the Pacific Ocean is just a short hike away. We had the entire resort to ourselves and around 300 guitar fanatics from around the world came together for three days of private concerts, lectures, workshops, interviews and guitar talk. It was an event curated entirely by the Fretboard Journal, featuring some of our favorite subjects and musicians. 

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