Bill Vint, Teaching Associate
Tenor saxophonist Bill Vint, originally from Tucson Arizona, began playing with jazz, blues and latin bands in local nightclubs while still in high school. A move to Boston then followed to attend Berklee College of Music where he studied woodwinds with Bill Pierce and Joe Viola, and was in many of the school’s most prestigious ensembles including Herb Pomeroy’s Concert Jazz Orchestra and the Thelonious Monk Ensemble. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1996, Bill played in the house band aboard the Odyssey for four years, a large luxury yacht that does cruises in the Boston harbor. Bill has performed in bands backing up such artists as Aretha Frankin, Johnny Mathis, the Temptations, the Ojays, Bernadette Peters, Josh Groban, John Mayer and Bobby Caldwell. Also with instrumental jazz artists Joe Zawinal, Toshiko Akiyoshi, John Abercrombie, Steve Marcus, Bobby Shew and John Faddis, as well as participating in the recording project “Spajazzy” featuring guitarist Mike Stern. He has done tours with the Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James Orchestras, and performed with various groups at the Montreaux, Nice, Monterey, and North Sea Jazz Festivals. When many touring productions of Broadway musicals have come through Boston and Providence Bill has played in the pit orchestra for shows including “Grease” (featuring American Idol winner Taylor Hicks), “Chicago”, “Legally Blonde”, “42nd St.”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “Pirates of Penzance” and “A Chorus Line”. Currently Bill is a member of Stardust, one of New England's top function bands and teaches woodwinds at Brown University and in the Milton, MA and Arlington, MA public schools.