Bill Anschell

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Anschell has played and/or recorded with a host of jazz greats including Richard Davis, Ron Carter, Benny Golsen and Russell Malone.  In 2001, he was selected by the American Composers Forum for its “Composer-in-the-Schools” program; his residency included a commissioned piece for chamber orchestra. The same year, his piano work was featured in the soundtrack of the PBS movie, “Old Settler.” Since 2003, Anschell’s original compositions have received widespread cable and network exposure, appearing on programs including NBC’s “The West Wing” and HBO’s acclaimed series “The Wire.”

As a Seattleite, Anschell had the honor of playing a weekly gig with Northwest jazz legend Floyd Standifer for the final two years before his passing.  In 2005, Anschell received a Golden Ear Award as the “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year,” and in 2006 his trio was named the “Best Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble.”  In 2010 and 2011 Anschell again was named "Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year," and his solo piano CD "Figments" was named 2011's "Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year." Golden Ears are administered by Earshot Jazz based on open voting by the Seattle jazz community.

In 2008, Anschell's Atlanta trio reunited for a fifth South American tour, visiting the Colombian cities of Medellin, Pereira and Manizales. In 2012, Anschell took a Seattle trio to Peru for his fourth tour of the country.
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