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All Hands - Nepal relief organization

Bill's daughter Monica was in Nepal during the summer of 2015 with All Hands Volunteers helping with the earthquake relief effort.  For more information click HERE


Ornette Coleman (1930–2015)

Bill with Ornette Coleman

June 11, 2015 Letter to John Rogers

Dear John.
I was so sad to hear the news today. This is hard. It is so difficult to find words right now. The brightest, most beautiful, powerful, shining, guiding light has been Ornette Coleman. There is no way I can adequately thank you for taking me to his home and introducing us. Spending time with him and having the chance to play music with him has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. Indescribable. I will never forget it. I am truly blessed.
John Roger's website
"John Rogers is a photographer living in New York City who specializes in jazz. A few weeks ago, he approached NPR with the idea to document the unique connection he shared with his friend Ornette Coleman. He was working on it when Coleman died last week at 85. Rogers finished the story for us HERE." —Ed./NPR  published 6/15/15

Remembering a Musician Who Specialized in Empathy


The Haden family along with others perform at Charlie Haden's memorial


Charlie Haden's memorial at Town Hall on January 13th, 2015

Bill along with Charlie Haden's family, Ravi Coltrane, Brandee Younger, Mark Fain and others perform in celebration.

“Charlie didn’t have sarcasm or irony,” the bassist Putter Smith said at Charlie Haden’s memorial concert at Town Hall on Tuesday. “He had true empathy.”


Empathy is a word heard a lot around jazz musicians, sometimes to the point of cliché. It is understood as a useful background principle. Ideally, improvisers on a bandstand — and many of the greatest ones alive were onstage or in the audience on Tuesday — are making real-time exchanges, and not for a fixed result. In the best cases, they’re trying to extend a communal action beyond what they think they know. If they’re in it for private, short-game reasons, the audience hears it, and the music goes nowhere.

Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2014

American Ingenuity Awards 2014

Coming to Terms With One of America’s Greatest Natural Disasters

Documentary filmmaker Bill Morrison plunges us into The Great Flood of 1927

Click HERE for the article


By Jeff MacGregor
Smithsonian Magazine
November 2014


Guitar In The Space Age cover artGUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE! was released on October 7th, 2014 on OKeh Records.

"This is an old-school electric guitar fan’s album..... in fact this is as serious, witty, layered and subtle as any of his more abstract work."
- The Guardian

Click HERE for more info and song samples

Preview Tracks from Guitar In The Space Age!

Click on the image for an outside link to WiMP MUSIC for samples of the new CD!

Wimp music player image

Album Tracks & Interview regarding GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE!

GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE! Available October 7th, 2014

Bill Frisell, electric guitar
Greg Leisz, pedal steel & electric guitar
Tony Scherr, acoustic bass, electric bass guitar & acoustic guitar
Kenny Wolleson, drums & vibraphone

Produced by Lee Townsend


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