Bill Bickford, born and raised in Norwalk, CT, began to play guitar by listening to blues records a la Lightnin’ Hopkins and studied with the late Linc Chamberland. He started professionally with local R&B bands before moving to NYC.
He attended Berklee School of Music and City College of NY with full scholarships and studied arranging and composition with Mario Davidovsky, Edgar Summerlin and John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Bill freelanced with Jack McDuff, Lonnnie Smith and Larry Elgart. He first appeared on records with trumpeter JohnMcNeil on “The Glass Room”. Bill has toured many times internationally and has performed and recorded with dozens of artists including Joe Bowe, Mose, Allison, Donald Byrd, Maceo Parker and the JB Horns, and Jim Pepper. He can also be heard with his own trio, bassists Ed Schuller, Jack Walrath , Jim Payne, Jerry Z and with Wolfgang Schmid and Billy Cobham.
Tim Horner began playing the drums at the age of ten. He received a Bachelor’s in Performance from Berklee and has been performing professionally for decades, first in Boston, then in New York where his experience, knowledge and skills have made him one of New York’s in demand jazz drummers. His first major professional work was with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and he has performed and recorded with many artists including Miroslav Vitous, John Scofield, Jack Wilkins, Buddy Defranco and Bob Mover. Tim has traveled extensively in the US, Europe, the Balkans, Asia, North and South America with some of the world’s greatest jazz talents, performing concerts, clubs, recordings, and teaching master classes.
Croton’s own Mark Minkler, veteran bassist on the New York scene since 1981, has played with many artists crossing musical genres, among them: Buddy Rich, Blossom Dearie, Chris Connor, The Widespread Jazz Orchestra, The New York Pops Orchestra, and Growler favorite, Frank Migliorelli.