BILLY KERR

1857 Glen Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Tel:(626) 791-6267
email: KerrJazz@earthlink.net
Web Site:www.BillyKerr.com



EDUCATION: University of Southern California, MM, 2002
BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, 1991-95
Instructors/Manny Album, Jim McNeely, Roger Kellaway
Queens College, B.A. in Music
Student Teaching - East Meadow H.S., 1974-75
Juilliard School of Music, 1964-67
     Saxophone and Clarinet/Joseph Allard
     Clarinet/Augustin Duques
Additional studies:
     Flute/Thomas Nyfenger
     Jazz Saxophone/Eddie Daniels
     Composition and arranging/ Vince Mendoza, Shelly Berg, Mike Longo, Don Sebesky, John Carisi
GRANTS: FACTOR/Recording Grant
FACTOR/Touring Grant
MILITARY
SERVICE:
United States Air Force Band, 1967-71
PROFESSIONAL
EXPERIENCE:
Soprano Saxophonist of the Phenix Saxophone Quartet, 1998
Co-founder of Duo Bilanci (Educational Woodwind Ensemble), 1998
Lead Alto with the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop Orchestra, 1991-95
Tenor saxophonist with the New York Saxophone Quartet, 1978-95
Keilwerth Saxophones/Buffet Clarinets/
Vandoren Reeds Performing Artist and Clinician
The Music Group/Vandoren/Pearl Flutes - Performing Artist and Clinician
Theatre: Broadway productions of Threepenny Opera, Happy End, Annie, My One and Only, Singin’ in the Rain, Big Deal, La Cage Aux Folles, Carrie, Me and My Girl, Gypsy, Catskills on Broadway, Blood Brothers, My Fair Lady, Canadian productions of Chicago, Annie, A Chorus Line, The King and I, West Side Story, Jeanne La Pucelle, European tour with My Fair Lady, North American Tour with Chicago

Los Angeles productions: Kiss Me Kate, Curtains, How to Succeed in Business, Brigadoon, City of Angeles

Recording: Albums with Bob Florence, Steve Huffsteter, Lorraine Fontaine, The USC Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Don Habib, The Billy Kerr Quartet/Quintet, The Osland Saxophone Quartet, John Labelle (Baritone, Bass Clarinet, Flute), Freddie Cole (lead Alto, Flute), John Pizzarelli (Alto Flute), Maureen McGovern (Clarinet), Joey DeFrancesco (Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo), the New York Saxophone Quartet and the New York Neophonic Orchestra; movie soundtrack recordings
("Reds", "Little Drummer Girl", "Chorus Line");
cast albums ("Threepenny Opera","My One and Only","Legs Diamond", "Gypsy", "Wings"); television commercials; (Dunkin Donuts, Posner Cosmetics, McDonalds, Lipton Tea, Quaker Oats Cereal, Ponderosa Steak House.)
Concerts: Performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Bob Hope, Natalie Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Liberace, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Julie Andrews, Mel Torme, Henry Mancini, David Sanborn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jerry Lewis, Johnny Mathis, Regis Philban and Kathy Lee-Gifford, Diane Schuur, Tommy Tune, Julio Iglesias, Joan Rivers, Shirley Bassey, Melissa Manchester, Paul Anka, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, the Smothers Brothers, Billy Eckstine, Phil Woods, Bob Mintzer, Nick Brignola, Peter Allen, Glen Campbell, Don Rickles, Petula Clark, Carole King, Helen Reddy, Patti Austin, Skitch Henderson, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Vinton, Tommy Sands, Bobby Rydell, Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka, Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams, John Davidson, Lillian Montivechie, Tony Orlando, Vic Damone, Diahnn Carrol, Abbey Lane, Edie Adams, Sally Struthers, Kay Starr, Margaret Whiting, Helen O’Connell, Al Green, The Temptations, The Spinners, The Four Tops, Peter Nero, Rosemary Clooney, Barry Manilow, Ertha Kitt, Kay Ballard, Bonnie Raitt, John Raitt, Gerald Wilson, Kurt Elling, Bill Holman, Lennie Niehaus, Bob Florence, Maria Schneider, Clare Fischer, Bob Brookmeyer, Tommy Vig, James Darren and others.
Television: The Ultimate Manilow – CBS Special, Montréal Today, Democratic National Convention, The Super Bowl Half-Time Show, CBS New Years Eve Special, The Danny Thomas Telethon, All My Children, Sesame Street, The Tonight Show, Miss America Pageant, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, CBS After School Special.
Other: San Bernardino Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal with Charles Dutoit; New York Pops with Skitch Henderson, Brooklyn Philharmonic with Lukas Foss; St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble with Gunther Schuller; New York City Ballet; Connecticut Grand Opera; Queens Symphony.
Conferences:

National Flute Association, 38th Annual Convention/Anaheim, CA
National Flute Association, 37th Annual Convention/New York, NY
Twelfth World Saxophone Congress/Montreal
North American Saxophone Alliance/Chicago
Tenth World Saxophone Congress/Italy
Ninth World Saxophone Congress/Japan
Eighth World Saxophone Congress/Germany
Texas Bandmasters Association
Midwest Bandmasters Convention

Festivals:

Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia 
Los Angeles Jazz Institute
Big Band Festivals Festival Jazz en Lima, Peru
Columbia College Big Band Festival
Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Festival
Hawaii International Jazz Festival
Morningside College Jazz Festival
Moncton Jazz and Blues Festival
Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Edmundston Jazz and Blues Festival
Montréal International Jazz Festival
Kool Jazz Festival

Teaching:

Faculty, Shepherd University, Los Angeles, CA
Faculty/Artist, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Alaska
Faculty, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA
Faculty, Citrus College, Glendora, CA
Assistant Director of Combos, University of Southern California
Teacher of Woodwinds, USC
Director, SOJ/Drummers Collective Jazz Ensemble, NY;
Conductor, All State Jazz Ensemble at NYSSMA;
Conductor, Nassau County Jazz Ensemble;
Woodwind Specialist and Jazz Ensemble Director at Five Towns College Private Teaching Studio

Clinics: Drake University, Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
New Jersey City University,
University of Kentucky,
Festival des Harmonies du Québec/Canada,
McGill Conservatory of Music/Canada,
McGill University/Canada
New York Flute Club,
Berklee College of Music,
IAJE Convention/Anaheim, Miami,
Yamaha Music Camp/Japan
Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic
Oklahoma Bandmasters Convention,
Texas Bandmasters Association
COMPOSING AND ARRANGING EXPERIENCE:
Saxophone Quartets: Eleven by Four (2000)
Send In the New Boy (1992)
Quartet in Two Movements (1974)
Sophisticated Lady (1997)
Chelsea Bridge (1980)
Lush Life (1978)
Saxophone Octets: Take the “A” Train (1989)
The Pink Panther (1989)
Duets: Balto Clute (2002)
Conversation for Two Baritones (1997)
Small Ensemble: Nica’s Dream (2002)
Five A.M. (2000)
Siciliano (Bach), for Clarinet and Rhythm (1998)
Pavane (Faure), for Flute and Rhythm (1997)
Theme for Ernie, for Tenor Saxophone, Woodwinds and Rhythm (1997)
Big Band: Heat (2001)
Nica’s Dream (2001)
Principal Pickleist (1995)
Egyptian Samba (1992)
Autumn Leaves (1990)
My Foolish Heart (1990)
Invitation (1989)
Take the “A” Train (featuring saxophone quartet and big band) (1982)
Original Jazz Tunes: Taylor Maid (2002)
Farewell to Manny (2002)
Bolero for Nancy (2002)
Dance Muchacho (2002)
Trio (2002)
Graduation Day (2002)
Hello Kid! (2002)
Floating (2002)
September Sadness (2001)
Southern Samba (2001)
The Shell Game (2000)
Missing You (2000)
Weight-Less-Ness (2000)
The Eagle Has Landed…..Eh! (1998)
Spring is Where? (1997)
Broadway Half-Swing (1996)
Quasi-Modal (1996)
Don’t Get Clarinoid (1996)
Jill (1992)
I Got Rhythm, but Nobody Gives a Damn! (1991)
The Blues from the Picture, “The Robe” (1991)
The Birthday Waltz (1991)
Northern Samba (1991)
Broadway: Orchestrations for “Catskills on Broadway” (1992)
Other: Arranger for “Sinatra Remembered Le Spectacle”
Casino de Montréal (1999)
Publications: Big Band Arrangements, Saxophone Quartets and Octets/UNC Jazz Press
Baritone Saxophone Duet, Saxophone Quartet/Opus 102 Editions Musicales
Original Jazz Tunes/Productions Bilanci
Magazine
Contributor:
Saxophone Journal, CD Reviews
Planet Jazz Magazine, CD and Book Reviews