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Bill Averbach & Bam-Jazz


Biography:
Bill Averbach is a seasoned musician with over 35 years of professional music experience. He has performed worldwide and recorded with many well known recording artists not just in the jazz genre, but world-beat, classical, folk, country, rock, and blues genres. He has worked with many well known songwriters and taken an active role in the development of many emerging new artists as an arranger, producer, and musical director.

Originally hailing from Philadelphia and a graduate of Bard College in the mid-70's Averbach moved to Texas and spent 20 years in Austin during the time period that led the City to be recognized as the "Live Music Capitol". Upon seeing that Austin was about to be overrun with musicians, he "high tailed it" to the Texas Gulf Coast where he picked up influences from the Texas & Louisiana Creole and Cajun musicians where he developed the concept for his Charlotte, NC group Bam-Jazz.

His vocal and trumpet style is reminiscent of Louis Armstrong and Dr. John with strong influences from the Texas Blues scene with which he was involved as a horn player. His original music runs the spectrum from the most traditional songs with Creole French lyrics to Jump Blues and the progressive Jazz sounds of Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, and Horace Silver, to the most contemporary sounds of the late Miles Davis and many of the smooth jazz contemporaries.

In 1997, while working on a casino ship in the Gulf of Mexico Bill came across a number of ex-Las Vegas musicians with a penchant for swing. They suggested that he form a band that focused on the music of Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and the king of Vegas Swing, Louis Prima; they said he had "the voice". The band's main goal was "fun music" that would swing. Although the band is not tied to just a few, select artists, their main thrust is Swing and the Jumpin' Jive of the 20's and 30's. With songs like Minnie the Moocher and Jump Jive and Wail, and a style reminiscent of New Orleans and Texas Roadhouse Blues mixed with the sultry steaming muted trumpet ballads of the 50's Jazz scene audiences can't help snapping their fingers, moving their feet, and grooving to Bam-Jazz.
Musical Styles:
»  Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Classical
»  Latin, Reggae, International
»  Acoustic, Folk, Blues