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Bill Ellison, Bass

Bill Ellison, Bass

Bassist Bill Ellison has been a member of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall for 30 years. As an orchestral bassist he has played with the Detroit Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, American Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic Chamber Players and The Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center as well as many other freelance orchestras in New York City and the tri-state area.

He has played in over 60 Broadway shows and held chairs in 19 of them including such shows as Showboat, Oliver!, Rags, Shenandoah, 2 productions of Gypsy, Patti LuPone on Broadway, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, Shrek, Sondheim on Sondheim, and the recent production of Porgy and Bess with Audra McDonald. Bill is in the orchestra for the current Broadway production of the revival of Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town.

As a touring musician he was on Barbra Streisand’s 2006-07 U.S. and European tours, and he has performed and toured with Bernadette Peters for 13 years. Bill has also performed and toured with Patti LuPone, Kristen Chenoweth, and Jerry Herman, playing on the album, An Evening with Jerry Herman. As a former member of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera House, he toured the U.S. in 1987 with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has also performed twice at the White House for Presidents Reagan and Bush.

In demand in the recording studio, Bill can be heard on more than 30 CDs, including 13 Broadway cast albums, three of which won Grammy Awards, as well as numerous jingles and film scores. As a teacher, Bill is the Double Bass coach at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and also teaches privately in New York City.

He received his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music.

Photo by David McGlynn.