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Date: Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006
Show Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The First Presbyterian Church
199 North Columbus Ave. (corner of East Lincoln Ave.)
Mount Vernon, NY 10553-1196
Tickets: PJS Members $10
/24-7PressRelease/ - MOUNT VERNON, NY, January 25, 2006 - Bill Easley has had a diversified career, as a professional musician, spanning more than forty years. His arsenal of woodwind instruments includes; Tenor, Alto and Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet, and Bass Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute and Piccolo. In recent years he has played in bands led by such notables as Ruth Brown, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Bobby Short, Louie Bellson, Nicholas Payton, Charles McPhearson, James Williams, Roland Hanna, Earl May, Illinois Jaquett, Ron Carter, Frank Foster, Mercer Ellington, Panama Fransis and Grady Tate among many others.
In addition to his extensive discography as a sideman, he also has three recordings as a leader; Easley Said (with the Bill Easley Sextet) Wind Inventions and First Call and are available at Amazon.com.
His Broadway credits include; Sophisticated Ladies, The Wiz, Black and Blue, Jelly's Last Jam, Swingin' On A Star, Play On, Fosse, and most recently, The Wild Party.
Bill Easley has recently appeared with the Cab Calloway Band in Japan; with Ruth Brown at the Jazz AuBar; with Bobby Short at the Hotel Carlyle (for his last performances); with Johnny Mathis at the Westbury Music Fair and with Michell Lagrand at the Kennedy Center.
Antoinette Montague is a Jazz singer who loves people and thrills audiences with her crystal-clear tone, her range and her emotional intensity. "I enjoy and learn from Bill Easley's no-nonsense approach to music...he makes it look like magic."
Antoinette was in the Great Women in Music Festival at Birdland with the Duke Ellington Band (filmed by BET on Jazz), Mike Longo's NY State of the Art Band for the 88th Birthday Celebration of Dizzy Gillespie, and selected by a special panel of Judy Pitts, Sheila Jordan and Martin Mueller to perform at the 40th Anniversary of St. Peter's Church and the 10th Anniversary of International Women in Jazz.
She and her quartet have performed at the VC Jazz Festival, and Madame X, Cornelia Street Cafe, Cleopatra's Needle, Tribeca Bar and Grill, Trumpets, Cajun and the NAACP's Tribute to Milt Jackson.
Antoinette brings a business sensibility to Jazz as she is a Vice President at Bottomline Publications and she contributes all she can to help Jazz venues and organizations. She has spent years learning from and supporting some of the best in Jazz for many years including Carrie Smith, Etta Jones, Norman Simmons, Della Griffin, Tom Aalfs, Inez McClendon, Jim Carson, and everyone she can listen and learn from. She is soon to release For the Love of Music with Mulgrew Miller, Bill Easley, Peter Washington and Kenny Washington.
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