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One of the modern great tenor players and a contemporary fave of mine for many years .

Bill turns 70 years young today which is a milestone for sure.

An alumnus of Art Blakey and Tony Williams groups and has many great recordings as a leader.

One of the most distinctive tones in this music called Jazz which is very important.. to have a
recognizable sound and approach. I was watching a movie once and in the end credits I heard
a tenor player that I was 99.9% sure had to be Bill . Sure enough, as I watched the credits
rolling down I spied his name: "Bill Pierce - saxophone" .


Not sure if that's a testament to my great ears or his GREAT sound -- probably the latter .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI6VJoUbTBk
 

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Selmer Balanced Action Tenor Saxophone, Powell Flute
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Bill is simply one of the nicest guys and a fabulous player. Happy birthday!!!
 

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10MFAN MOUTHPIECES "Innovation over imitation"
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He was my private lessons teacher at Berklee 34 years ago!
GREAT MAN, GREAT MUSICIAN AND TEACHER!
HAPPY B-DAY!
 
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