This year’s annual wine and jazz event, titled An Evening with Bill Cunliffe & Friends, will include live entertainment, wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres starting at 5pm at The Sky Room restaurant, 40 South Locust Ave. Tickets for this event cost $50 and can be reserved and purchased via phone at (562) 522-1045.
With Cunliffe on piano, Tim Horner on drums, and Martin Wind on bass, the Bill Cunliffe Trio will perform various jazz arrangements, including several based on the most famous works of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
Cunliffe received his first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Instrumental Arrangement for “West Side Story Medley” on the album Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson. Since then, he has received five Grammy nominations and two Emmy nominations.
The Los Angeles Jazz Society honored Cunliffe in 2010 with its Composer/Arranger Award, and the same year, California State University, Fullerton, named him a Distinguished Faculty Member of the College of the Arts. Cunliffe teaches Jazz Studies at the university, and during summers, he teaches at Skidmore Jazz Institute and the Vail Jazz Workshop. In addition, he writes scores for films and writes books on jazz.
For almost a decade, drummer Tim Horner and bassist Martin Wind have performed with Cunliffe in the Bill Cunliffe Trio. Both Horner and Wind have wide-ranging careers in music. Horner’s first major professional work was with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as a drummer, and today he performs as drummer with The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in New York City as well as in European venues. German-born bass player Martin Wind first came to New York University in 1996 on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. Settled in New York City today, he is a regular at major jazz clubs and in demand as a recording session player. He can be heard in such movies as The Alamo, Intolerable Cruelty, Mona Lisa Smile, Fur, The Bounty Hunter and True Grit. In addition, he has released 10 albums. He is on the faculty of New York University and is a guest bass performer at numerous jazz programs in the United States and Europe.