From: Oregon,United States
Will Alexander is a contemporary jazz guitarist ( find out more at reverbnation.com/willalexander ) with a new solo album and several guest appearances.
Before becoming an instrumentalist, Bill worked as a sideman on a number of very successful rock and pop artists.
Born in Portland Oregon, Bill started playing by emulating 60s blues-rock guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix. Then, following up on the artists that these musicians sighted as their inspiration, he delved deeper into the blues listening to Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Pop Staples and Albert King. Anytime a musician that I liked would come to town I would try to get a lesson from them.
Jazz music was a part of our family. My father would barbecue, play his stereo record collection for anybody who needed a lift and a free meal. His house was filled with love, music and great smells . Recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzie, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra blasting away while he tempted you with his latetest culinary perfections. My Grand father Art Kenton brother of the Late Jazz band leader Stan Kenton played piano, vibes and clarinet.
Bill was in his teens when he met Buddy Fite his favorite jazz guitarist. Buddy Fite could play a bass line, chord melody and improvise while making it all swing at the drop of a hat.. This great jazz guitarist is so overlooked.
Bill Still lives in the Portland area traveling, writing, recording and playing gigs around the Northwest.
He released his first solo Album this year called Jukebox on sunrise records.