Bill Barnes
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  • Camden, ME
  • United States
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Bill Barnes left a comment for Eric Tillman (aka:Tillmaninoff)
"Hey Eric, I was digging your tracks on mySpace- nice stuff! Thanks for the add. All the best, Bill"
Mar 19, 2009
Bill Barnes commented on Jaijai Jackson's group Let's Create The Jazz Grammy's
"While I empathize with the spirit of Eric Tillman's remark (“the suppression of jazz is a major component of the vast right-wing conspiracy”) I have to disagree on two points: First, on the "suppression of jazz" which I…"
Mar 16, 2009
Bill Barnes posted a video

Off The Reservation

Bill on his D'Angelico New Yorker
Mar 1, 2009
Bill Barnes posted a song

 play Riffin' - Bill Barnes

Mar 1, 2009
Bill Barnes posted a song

 play Cry Me A River - Bill Barnes Trio

Feb 25, 2009
Bill Barnes posted a video

Bill Barnes plays "My Funny Valentine"

Solo guitar arrangement played on a Dell'arte Gypsy jazz acoustic guitar
Feb 13, 2009
Bill Barnes left a comment for Bibi Green
"Hi Bebe, Thanks so much for the request! Honored to have you as a friend. Warmest regards, Bill"
Feb 13, 2009
Bill Barnes joined Darrell Looney's group

String Jazz Lovers

Open for all lovers of string-based or string-led jazz vibes. Meet here, discuss performances, CD releases, upcoming performances, jazz string pedagogy and all forms of jazz string life or resources!
Feb 13, 2009

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Musical Artist, Composer, Freelance Writer
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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bill grew up in North Carolina, where he began his professional career in the late sixties as a backup musician in pickup bands. During this period he played with R and B recording artists such as Eddy Floyd, Spider Turner, Gary US Bonds, Rufus Thomas and others. On the concert stage he has opened for a diverse lineup of acts, including Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, Tommy James, Blue Oyster Cult, Michael Henderson, Betty Wright, Tommy Roe, The Marvelettes, Sam the Sham, Len Barry, The Turtles and KC and the Sunshine Band. At the age of 19 he toured with Atco Records star Arthur Conley (Sweet Soul Music,) on a series of concert dates to promote the release of Conley’s single, Funky Street. His love of jazz had him leading experimental groups in the late sixties and seventies, while continuing to play in road bands backing up artists such as The Drifters, Platters, Coasters and perennial Carolina favorites like singer Scotty Todd and The Showmen of Norfolk Virginia. Working out of Atlanta in the mid seventies, he toured the country with the progressive rock band Sweetfire and worked the Underground as a house musician at Scarlett O’Hara’s. Soon he was back on the road as the lead guitarist for Salsoul recording artists Ripple and the jazz-funk horn band ATL. He wound up living in New York City in ’79, where for the next 13 years he was an active studio musician, doing sessions with Don Casale for Easy Street Records and Malaco Records, later working with Sax player and writer John Bastianelli on projects for Columbia. However, heading his own jazz guitar trio had been his long-term goal and, while paying dues with other ensembles, he was forming his concept for a different approach to the traditional trio, one which would meld the edginess of fusion and hard bop with the passion and sensitivity of blues and Latin, seasoned with elements of traditional Japanese and Indian music. He is mostly self-taught; drawing on his influences, which include jazz giants Pat Martino, Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin, George Barnes, Bucky Pizzarelli and Lenny Breau, although he acknowledges a tremendous debt of gratitude to New York bebop guitar master Mark Marino, LA guitarist Cliff Kuplen, legendary pianist Lynne Arriale and Bellarman University’s Jazz Guitar Professor Jeff Sherman, all with whom he had studied privately. Thematically, much of his music is influenced by Eastern philosophy. He has long been a devotee of Zen and Taoism, as well as a student of martial arts. In 1996 he earned a first degree black belt and is registered with the American Chung Do Kwan Taekwondo Association. He formed his first trio in 2000, recording his first album, Zensibility, featured on Public Radio WFPK’s Album Spotlight. Later on he recorded his Live! At the Jazz Factory CD. With his latest release,Winds of Bodhgaya, he aspired to a theme of ascension and spiritual evolution, woven into a musical tapestry which incorporates the simplicity, power and acoustic integrity of the traditional jazz guitar trio with a unique amalgam of over three decades of musical experience, recorded in real-time without the usual multi-track overdubbing or heavy artificial sweetening. Bill currently resides in New Hampshire. He is managed by Powers Management Group and can be contacted at
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At 6:47pm on November 9, 2010, Daphne Elise Vaughan said…
Hi Bill, I just listened to Cry Me a River....Awesome and inspiring. Still in the midst of settling in here. But no complaints! Hope you're well...
At 9:09pm on April 5, 2010, Daphne Elise Vaughan said…
Hey Bill,
Thanks for dropping by! I've just relocated to the east coast and am gigging in the village next Sunday. I love being did you fare with the floods?
At 3:39pm on January 1, 2010, HAROLD HAITY said…
HAPPY NEW YEAR Bill. Wishing you a prosperous 2010.
You're still on my mind my friend.
Much Love & Respect.
At 5:47pm on October 16, 2009, Kathleen Anderson Matthews said…
Hope you have a Happy Halloween! Been busy lately and haven't been in touch in awhile.. Hope you are well and happy. Keep on swinging! Love, KAM
At 8:51am on September 23, 2009, Artur Bayramgalin said…
I am glad to announce the release of my debut CD called "Interro Island". This is my first solo project, which includes original tunes composed and arranged by me. I hope you will enjoy my work!
Artur Bayramgalin: Interro Island
available on CD Baby now!
At 6:41am on May 27, 2009, Myreille Bédard said…
Hi Bill
Thank you for your virtual and musical friendship.
Maybe we will see in NY one day !
At 6:01am on April 11, 2009, Bruce C said…

Sweeeet chops Bill......totally tasty indeed. Great pix too! We're aligned in many areas....thank you for sharing the sweet stylings of your musicianship...I'm in Maine now...but was "hatched" as a momma still lives in Charlotte...and as soon as I sell my house...will re-invent my life in a more southerly mode...the shot here i took in '74, Preservation Hall, New Orleans...Sweet Emma at the piano...have some great guitarist friends up here in the Maine area...drop in best to you ....always b
At 9:54am on April 6, 2009, Kathleen Anderson Matthews said…
Hi Bill! I am digging your music here. I have to post my photos and music.. just never seem to get around to it. Happy Spring! Love, KAM
At 4:58pm on March 31, 2009, Jens Christian Mayer said…
Hi Bill..funny, I could have written the exact same comment on robben Ford's Page..
Nice playing..
At 2:24pm on March 28, 2009, Daphne Elise Vaughan said…
Thank you, Bill for stopping by my page. I love your music. Especially the blues in shar-truze and kinda kenny. I'm trying to put together a tribute to Oscar Brown, Jr with Kenny. He's now the director of ethnomusicolgy at UCLA


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