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.
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.
Jason Tiemann is a New York City based jazz drummer, where he maintains a busy schedule as a freelance performer and educator. Admittedly drawing influence from the great(s) Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones and Billy Higgins, Tiemann is quickly forging his musical voice on the New York scene by fusing his depth of historical foundation with crisp technique and propulsive, intuitive swing.
Throughout his career, he has performed and/or recorded with an astonishing array of musicians including, but certainly not limited to, Benny Golson, David Liebman, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Slide Hampton and countless others on the New York scene.