Beach, Bill

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Beach, Bill Gender: M
born on 14 March 1953 at 14:29 (= 2:29 PM )
Place Corvallis, Oregon, 44n34, 123w16
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 24°03' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 16°34 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 11°38'

Bill Beach


American jazz pianist, vocalist, and teacher, who began his career by joining the group of jazz guitarist Jimmy James in 1974 and working with him for much of the decade.

In the early 1980s Beach spent seven months in the European jazz scene. He lived in Amsterdam and performed in clubs such as the Bamboo Bar and Jazz Café Alto as leader of his own trio. In 1984 he returned to the United States, worked regularly with drummer Ron Steen, and performed in groups with Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Harris, Howard Roberts, and Nick Brignola.

In the 1990s he settled in Portland, Oregon, and led a trio which included Mark Murphy. He also performed with Charlie Rouse, Nat Adderley, Bud Shank, and Jimmy Cobb. In 1997 he toured Japan with his trio and in 2001 toured European ports.

In 2003 Beach began to study Brazilian music and the Portuguese language, and he released Letting Go in 2004 on his Axial Records label. This album was his debut as leader of a recording session and featured Beach singing Brazilian standards and playing original instrumentals in a piano trio setting.

In 2008 Beach began writing lyrics in the Brazilian style, and his album Brasil Beat (2010) contained music and lyrics in Portuguese. This was followed by Búzios also original material and also on Axial Records. This album featured Rebecca Kilgore on vocals and Gary Hobbs on drums.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth report, "BIRTHS (Good Samaritan)," Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon), 17 March 1953, p. 5; born to Mr and Mrs Leo Beach. The info is cross-checked with his sister's obituary; "Alice Annette Beach was born to Leo D. Beach and Mary Louise (Yates) Beach of Corvallis on July 13, 1948. She grew up in Corvallis with her two brothers, Calvin and Bill" [1].


  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Pianist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Jazz, bossa nova)