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Bill Petry Albumcover Close Your Eyes

Album Release

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Deutschlandfunk Kultur
21 May 2024

Tonart Livesession - Bill Petry
00:00 / 15:06

Bill Petry im Interview

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FET The Bigband

Berlin, WABe

MAY

14

Giovanni Weiss

Hamburg, Wasserpark Inselwerk

MAY

18

Atrin Madani & Band

Berlin, A-Trane

MAY

24

Bill Petry & Band

Frankfurt am Main, Jazzkeller

MAY

30

bill petry & band

Berlin, A-Trane

June

01

bill petry & band

Dresden, Dresdner Musikfestspiele

MAY

09

DAniel Hope - Berlin 1938

Bonn, Kammermusikfest Bthvn Woche

MAY

17

Atrin Madani & Band

Berlin, A-Trane

MAY

23

bill petry & band

hannover, kanapee

MAY

25

Bill Petry & Band

Hameln, Doubletime Jazzclub

MAY

31

bill petry & band

Berlin, A-Trane

June

17

bill petry & band

Heilbronn, Jazz Cave 61

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"Bill Petry is the best news in years!" Till Brönner

The fact that Bill Petry's musical horizon has never been limited to jazz alone is not only demonstrated by his preference for compositions by pop acts or singer-songwriters, which fit seamlessly into his repertoire in a stylistically astonishing way. He has also worked as a soloist alongside international jazz greats such as Riccardo Del Fra, Billy Hart and Till Brönner and across genres with award-winning and internationally acclaimed musicians such as Daniel Hope and Lisa Batiashvili. 

Born and raised as the son of parents from the artist and squatter scene of West Berlin, Bill Petry came into contact with his parents' record collection at an early age, which would lay an important foundation for his aesthetic sensibility. Soon, he began to learn the melodies he heard on the piano as a self-taught musician and composed his first pieces.

 

From the age of 8, Bill Petry was a member of the State and Cathedral Choir Berlin under the direction of Prof. Christian Grube and his successor, Prof. Kai-Uwe Jirka, at the University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin. He participated in performances of the St. Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio, among others, and took part in numerous concert tours and TV productions as part of these endeavors.

 

During his school years, Till Brönner recognized his talent and continuously supported him. In addition, he received instruction from Prof. Malte Burba, who quickly became one of his most important mentors. Bill Petry studied trumpet at the Jazz Institute Berlin under the guidance of Prof. Gerard Presencer, and there he also received lessons from Gregoire Peters and Prof. Peter Weniger.

 

Riccardo Del Fra, the Italian bassist and longtime sideman of Chet Baker, called him a true poet who deeply touches his audience. Till Brönner referred to Bill Petry as an exceptional talent with a distinctive style, stating, "I only need to hear two notes, and I know: It's Bill Petry!"

 

As a soloist, Bill Petry collaborated with musicians such as Billy Hart, Riccardo Del Fra, Giovanni Weiss, Daniel Hope, Katharine Mehrling, Lisa Batiashvili, David Lyttle, Lisa Bassenge, Christian von Kaphengst, Till Brönner, and many more.

 

As a composer, he wrote music for Jette Steckel's production of the novel "Revolutionary Road" by Richard Yates at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. As a trumpeter, Bill Petry already stands as one of the most distinctive representatives of his generation.

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