Bill Pierce (saxophonist)

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Bill Pierce (also Billy Pierce) (born September 25, 1948 in Hampton, Virginia) is an American jazz saxophonist.

He played with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in the early 1980s[1] and in Tony Williams's quintet in the mid-1980s to early 1990s.[2] He also has released numerous CDs for which he is the band leader.[3]

He studied with Joe Viola and Andy McGhee at Berklee College of Music, and with Joe Allard. He is the school's woodwind department chair.[4]


As Leader[edit]

  • Give and Take (Sunnyside, 1988)
  • Equilateral (Sunnyside, 1989)
  • One for Chuck (Sunnyside, 1991)
  • Rolling Monk (Bellaphon, 1993)
  • Rio (Ballads and Bossa Novas) (Sunnyside, 1995)
  • Complete William the Conqueror Sessions (Sunnyside, 1995)
  • Burnin' - with Javon Jackson (Criss Cross Jazz, 1997)

As Sideman[edit]

With Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

With Geoff Keezer

  • Waiting In The Wings (Sunnyside, 1989)

With Kevin Eubanks

  • Zen Food (Mack Avenue 2010)
  • The Messenger (Mack Avenue 2013)
  • East West Time Line (Mack Avenue, 2017)

With Makoto Ozone

  • After (Columbia 1986)

With Superblue

With Tony Williams

  • Civilization (Blue Note, 1987)
  • Angel Street (Blue Note, 1988)
  • Native Heart (Blue Note, 1990)
  • The Story of Neptune (Blue Note, 1992)
  • Tokyo Live (Blue Note, 1992)


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2006-12-11). "Bill Pierce: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  2. ^ Kelman, John (2006-12-11). "Tony Williams: Mosaic Select 24". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  3. ^ Small, Mark. "Berklee Beat: Faculty Profile - Bill Pierce". Berklee. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  4. ^ "Faculty Biography: Bill Pierce". Berklee. Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  5. ^ Allmusic