Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe has performed with legends including Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and Art Farmer. He currently appears with his trio; his big band; his Latin band, Imaginación; and his classical-jazz ensemble, Trimotif. Bill’s latest releases include his trio album “River Edge, New Jersey,” with bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner; and his Overture, Waltz and Rondo for jazz piano, trumpet and orchestra, which he performed with trumpeter Terell Stafford and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Luis Biava. The recording won Bill his fifth Grammy nomination, for Best Instrumental Composition. “That Time of Year” (2011), his album of solo-piano improvisations on Christmas carols, was described as a “tour de force” in the Los Angeles Times. Bill was awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for “West Side Story Medley,” on the 2009 album “Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson.” His film work includes the score for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s basketball documentary, “On the Shoulders of Giants.” The movie recently received an NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary. Bill’s soundtrack was nominated for Best Album. Bill is a jazz studies professor at Cal State Fullerton. He received his master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and was the 1989 winner of the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition.