Bill McHenry

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Bill McHenry
Background information
Blue Hill, Maine, U.S.
GenresJazz, avant-garde jazz
LabelsFresh Sound, Sunnyside
Associated actsReid Anderson

Bill McHenry (born 1972) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He is the leader of the Bill McHenry Quartet and has released over a dozen albums under his own name, in addition to collaborating on many more.

Early life[edit]

McHenry was born in Blue Hill, Maine, in 1972.[1] He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, and went on to study at the New England Conservatory of Music.[1]

Later life and career[edit]

McHenry moved to New York in 1992.[1] His recording debut as a leader was Rest Stop, in 1997.[1] It was followed by Graphic two years later.[1] Proximity, a duo recording with drummer Andrew Cyrille, was released around 2016.[2]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

  • Jazz Is Where You Find It (Fresh Sound, 1997)[3]
  • Rest Stop (Fresh Sound, 1997)[3]
  • Graphic (Fresh Sound, 1998)[3]
  • Live at Smalls (with Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, and Jeff Williams) (2000)
  • Quartet Featuring Paul Motian (Fresh Sound, 2002)[3]
  • Sonic Pressure (Fresh Sound, 2005)[3]
  • Roses (Sunnyside, 2006)[3]
  • Rediscovery (with John McNeil) (2008)
  • Bloom (with Ben Monder) (2009)
  • Chill Morn He Climb Jenny (with John McNeil) (2010)
  • Ghosts of the Sun (2011)
  • La Peur De Vide (2012)
  • Proximity (Sunnyside, 2016)
  • Ben Entrada La Nit (2018)

As sideman[edit]

With Avishai Cohen

With Guillermo Klein

  • Filtros[5]
  • Live at the Village Vanguard (Sunnyside)[6]
  • Los Guachos V (Sunnyside)[7]

With MIT Wind Ensemble & MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble

  • Infinite Winds (Sunnyside)[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e Adler, David R. "Bill McHenry". AllMusic. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Wolff, Carlo (December 2016). "Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry: Proximity". DownBeat. Vol. 83 no. 12. p. 70.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2004). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (7th ed.). Penguin. p. 972. ISBN 978-0-14-101416-6.
  4. ^ Macnie, Jim (April 2016). "Avishai Cohen: Into the Silence". DownBeat. Vol. 83 no. 4. p. 46.
  5. ^ de Barros, Paul (September 2008). "Guillermo Klein: Filtros". DownBeat. Vol. 75 no. 9. pp. 74–75.
  6. ^ Cohen, Aaron (January 2015). "Guillermo Klein: Live at the Village Vanguard". DownBeat. Vol. 82 no. 1. p. 73.
  7. ^ Considine, J. D. (October 2016). "Guillermo Klein: Los Guachos V". DownBeat. Vol. 83 no. 10. p. 58.
  8. ^ Bouchard, Fred (June 2015). "Bigger and Better". DownBeat. Vol. 82 no. 6. p. 63.

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