Jazz saxophonist and multiple woodwind specialist, Bill Todd, developed a strong connection to music early in life through a bit of family tradition, very encouraging parents and many inspiring and influential teachers.
He has gone on to perform alongside a number of noteworthy artists and ensembles such as Slide Hampton, Joey DeFrancesco, Walt Weiskopf, Cyrille-Aimee, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Catherine Russel, the Ed Palermo Big Band and has toured extensively overseas and throughout North America.
His love for music came to life though performing with several ensembles in public school, regional big bands and his own jazz saxophone quartet during his teenage years where he grew up in Buffalo, NY. He continued his studies of jazz music at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music where he studied with many influential mentors as Eric Alexander, Jimmy Greene, Steve Wilson, Jon Gordon, Pete Malinverni, Todd Coolman and Jon Faddis.
Following two years performing abroad on cruise ships and the national tour of Young Frankenstein: The Musical, he was inevitably drawn back to the inspirational talent pool of New York City. In May 2016, Bill earned his masters degree from New Jersey City University in multiple woodwind performance to further his mastery and expertise on the instruments that are his musical voice.
Performing regularly on piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and all the saxophones, he is proving to be a valuable asset to the NYC music scene. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Bill currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and keeps busy leading his own band, performing in various Broadway shows (Holiday Inn, Elf: The Christmas Musical, Kinky Boots, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Cher Show), plays a variety of freelance engagements, studio recordings, is a member of the Eyal Vilner Big Band, Anbessa Orchestra, and maintains a healthy studio of private students.
Photo By: Schneur Menaker