Tue, May 7th

Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra

Funk TICKETS

Doors 7 PM
Show 8 PM
Advance Price $15
Door Price $20

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

Wed, May 8th

Thu, May 9th

Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra

A dynamic and innovative composer, bandleader and trumpeter, Bill Warfield has energized audiences, performers and writers for more than four decades. Warfield’s most recent accomplishments are Mercy Mercy Mercy, recorded on the BluJazz label by the Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra in 2015 and Trumpet Story with Randy Brecker on Planet Arts Records, recorded in 2014.

These recordings are a celebration of the composer’s formative musical experiences. The two groups perform Jazz selections based on the genres of funk, Latin Jazz, and Hard Bop, all arranged by Warfield.

Bill Warfield holds an M.M. in Jazz Commercial Trumpet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he received the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Jazz/Commercial Music, The Carmine Caruso Award for Outstanding Musicality and Trumpet Performance and the Maynard Ferguson Scholarship. In 1990 he participated in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, directed by Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Albam.

Bill started playing the trumpet at age 11 in the Baltimore County public school system. After a few years he began playing with local R & B and soul bands. Around that time, his trumpet teacher, Fred Frey, took him to a concert at the Lyric Theater by the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra. After hearing the group, Bill auditioned for it and was accepted. The Youth Orchestra rehearsed in the afternoons in downtown Baltimore and Bill spent his Saturday mornings studying “up the street” at the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory School.

ill’s varied career as a player has led to associations with artists as varied as Sonny Stitt, Paul Anka, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Mel Torme, The Spinners, Sheila Jordan, Jon Faddis, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Mel Lewis, Ornette Coleman, Lester Bowie, Lee Konitz, The Yellow Jackets, Don Braden, Eddie Palmieri, Buddy DeFranco, Randy Brecker and The Berlin Radio Orchestra among many others. Bill is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz by Ira Gitler and Leonard Feather and the online Biographical Jazz listings by Lewis Porter.