The songs of Bill Cantos have been covered by such artists as Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell & Bobby Caldwell, Cheryl Bentyne, Flora Purim, Helen Baylor, Mark Winkler, and many others. Bill tours and records with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, including their Grammy-winning album STEPPIN’ OUT; and toured with Burt Bacharach from 2011 until Burt’s final live shows in 2019. He was a backing vocalist on three world tours with Phil Collins and has also toured with Diane Schuur, Deniece Williams, Kirk Whalum, Freddie Hubbard, and many more.
The legendary Johnny Mandel once said, “Bill comes up with songs I wish I had written – these songs are built to last.” SENSIBILITY, Bill’s latest solo album, is a blend of originals (including new songs written with Bacharach and Mandel) and surprising takes on pop and jazz standards.
A deep love for the music of Brazil runs through Bill’s music and he’s worked extensively with many of Brazil’s best-known artists, including Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, and Gal Costa. He also wrote songs with the legendary Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Mari Falcone for the musical CHASING MEM’RIES.
Bill sang and co-wrote the main title song “All Right Day” for the film HOME RUN SHOWDOWN; has sung on the soundtrack of 100+ films; and recorded as a session player/vocalist with Elton John, Leon Russell, Josh Groban, Barry Manilow, Bob Dylan, Brian Bromberg, Jay Graydon, El DeBarge and Andrae Crouch. He’s on the commercial music faculty at Azusa Pacific University; originally from San Diego, he received a Masters in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and received their Distinguished Alumni Award.
Several years ago, Bill was excited to arrange & perform a project re-imagining Disney songs old and new in classic jazz style for the Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure. 25 songs were recorded both with solo piano and with band (Bill, Peter Erskine, Chuck Berghofer, and Don Shelton). It was so well-received that two albums of the material were released as The Carthay Circle Sessions, acquiring its own set of devoted fans.
The music Bill makes with his trio combines classic jazz, pop, Brazilian influences, vocal scat and piano improv with a unique and exciting energy.
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