Bill Dillard

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Bill Dillard (born July 20, 1911 – 1995) was an American swing music jazz trumpeter, actor and singer born in Pennsylvania, probably better known for his work with the big bands of Benny Carter, Luis Russell and Teddy Hill, among others. He also had an acting career on Broadway.[1]


With Dizzy Gillespie

"Bill Dillard with Michael Boving's Rhythmakers" Dillard recorded relatively few solos throughout his long career. He recorded with Jelly Roll Morton (1929), Spike Hughes (1933), Teddy Hill (1937), and in many settings, usually as a lead trumpeter.


  1. ^ Carr, Ian; Digby Fairweather; Brian Priestley (1995). Jazz: The Rough Guide. The Rough Guides. pp. 170–171. ISBN 1-85828-137-7.