Bill Sears

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Saxophonist Bill Sears is the coordinator of Jazz Studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy, a position he has held since 1987. A native of Racine, WI, Bill attended Indiana University earning both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, studying jazz with David Baker, George Ross and Dominic Spera, and the saxophone with Dr. Eugene Rousseau. Upon graduation in 1980, Bill embarked on a successful career in Chicago performing regularly with the Chicago Jazz Quintet, the Jazz Members Big Band and Marshall Vente’s Project 9. Bill can be heard on recordings with each of these groups as well as with Frank Mantooth, Dominic Spera and Ashley Alexander. Bill’s playing encompasses the entire spectrum of the history of the tenor saxophone- from rich, warm ballads to the searing intensity of today’s music. His versatility and fresh voice have allowed him to share the stage with jazz luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Bellson, Billy Hart, Bill Evans (saxophonist) and Geoff Keezer. In 1986 Bill toured the U.S. and Europe as the lead alto saxophonist in the Ray Charles Band.

Bill’s recording debut as a leader, “Chasin’s the Goal” on Manitou Records, finds him in the company of former Miles Davis saxophonist Rick Margitza, drummer Bob Meyer- a current member of Joe Lovano’s Symbiosis group, and two of Bill’s close musical associates from his days in Chicago- bassist Kelly Sill and pianist Mike Kocour.


Title Genre Level Price
Chasin The Goal CD $15.00
Chasin’ the Goal Jazz Combo INT/ADV $15.00
Due North Jazz Combo INT/ADV $15.00
Ernie’s Romp Jazz Combo INT/ADV $15.00
Free Smells Jazz Combo INT/ADV $15.00
Jazz Goes to Siwash Jazz Ensemble INT $50.00
Jazz Goes to Siwash (Little Big Band Version) Little Big Band INT $50.00
This One’s for You, P.D. Jazz Combo INT/ADV $15.00
Triple Double Jazz Combo INT/ADV $15.00
With One Accord Jazz Combo INT/ADV $15.00

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