Composer, producer and saxophonist
Bill Shreeve’s debut release, “Feel This”
Nominated for Best Jazz Album 2008 by the
San Diego Music Academy & San Diego Music Awards
Bill Shreeve molds his extensive influences in jazz, funk, and Latin genres to create a soulfully cohesive, melodically satisfying contemporary jazz release, “Feel This” featuring guitar wizard Peter Sprague (Chick Corea, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal), Fattburger’s smooth jazz masters Kevin Koch (drums) and Evan Marks (guitar). Other fine musicians include Dave Scott (trombone), Steve Smith and Lynn Willard (keys), Vince Clementson (guitar), Justin Grinnell and Nathan Brown (bass). The CD features a beautifully harmonious lead line blend of sax and trombone happily reminiscent of the Crusaders early sound. Bill makes skillful use of hypnotic and driving funk grooves and Latin rhythms as a backdrop to his solid and evolving melodic lines. His beautifully soulful tone, extensive range and jazz chops are on display throughout the album whether he is playing soprano, alto or tenor sax. This nine-song collection of Bill’s original material is a strong testament to the depth and diversity of his composing and arranging skills.
Bill Shreeve, from San Diego, California, is a soulful saxophone master and consummate jazz instrumentalist. Performing on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, flute, piccolo, wind synthesizer, hand percussion and keyboards, Bill brings a wide range of musical expertise to any musical endeavor.
Though Bill is a seasoned jazz musician he is also in demand in more popular music genres from pop, rock, R & B, funk, soul, swing, big band, Latin, folk, and classical.
Bill Shreeve studied music theory and arranging and performed in the jazz ensembles at City College and San Diego State University and with sax giants Brandon Fields, Bob Sheppard, Eric Marienthal, Charles McPherson, and Phil Woods.
Since the mid seventy’s, Bill has been carefully honing his personal sound while gaining many years of real world experience as a busy freelance woodwind player in a variety of both local and nationally famous jazz, pop, and rock groups in the Southern California region.