Bill Freed

Jazz Guitar from Bowie, MD - Will travel up to 75 miles
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Our group is currently called "Brilliant Corners", consisting of Wyman, Wyman Jr., Kwame, and myself. We play jazz, but that can mean various things including salsa, music for dancing, and various other kinds of songs with the addition of one of our vocalists. We are quite versatile and we can customize the music to fit the occasion. Several combinations are possible; for example an ensemble with vocals, guitar, bass and congas. I can provide a group that plays purely jazz, or we can perform as an R and B-oriented ensemble. As an R and B group, we play a unique mix of jazz and R and B, with touches of Latin music, New Orleans and go-go, Washington D.C.'s unique musical form. We know many songs in addition to those listed on my song list.

If you look at the client feedback, you will see that it suggests a somewhat puzzling array of musical styles. Thus, most of the feedback reflects events for which I unaccompanied solo guitar; or as a small group playing a mix of jazz and R and B. In some cases we have emphasized caribbean music and reggae (feedback from Natasha J.), fusion and New Orleans-style music (Terrance G.; Julee L.), Christmas music (Taylor G.; Laura F.), latin and Cuban music (Amanda W.), and on one occasion even music of the far East (Janessa S.). We have a large repertoire; the songfest reflects only my solo guitar repertoire. As a larger group we can perform almost any tune, especially if requested in advance.

We have performed at innumerable venues in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area, including leading jazz clubs such as HR57, Twins, Takoma Station, and Club 347, many hotels and restaurants, as well as receptions for the Mayor of Baltimore (see feedback from Charmeda B.) and the Governor of Maryland (see feedback from Janessa S.). Please note that the song list which accompanies my page includes only songs which I most often perform on solo (unaccompanied) jazz guitar (without singing). With a band, the song list depends on the personnel which are involved; thus, since this would vary depending on (for example) if we include a vocalist in the band, I didn't try to list all of the songs that we can perform. If you have particular song requests feel free to contact me to ask if we can perform those songs. Also, if you would like to come hear my play, I'm usually performing somewhere about once per week, usually in Maryland..

If the client's specific requests (that is, for particular songs that we don't already know) are fairly minimal, we also very much enjoy playing for informal weddings, for example in someone's backyard, and we can do this for a price which is considerably less than the usual cost of a wedding band. Upcoming performances are not listed on this site, since it's hard to keep that up-dated, but I'm usually playing somewhere in the D.C. area about once per week and if you would like to hear me play live, I can send you a schedule of performances on request. I can also send a CD if preferred, and if there's time.

I am sponsored by Hagstrom Guitars, Alvdalen, Sweden and play exclusively original vintage Swedish-made Hagstrom Guitars.
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Bill helped to our event unique and quite successful!!

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Private Party

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Bill Freed and his band did a great job for our holiday reception. They were professional, accommodating and provided a perfect atmosphere for our reception. I strongly recommend Bill and his band.

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Bill and his band were outstanding. The day before the event I told Bill my girls would like to dance to Butterfly Kisses with their Dad, Bill attempt to learn the song so the band can play it live. That was outstanding! The band was great they played a variety of music and my guess enjoyed them. The dance floor was packed. The drummer and sax player were also GREAT. I will use Bill and his band for any and all my up coming events.

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We utilized both Bill Freed's jazz group and rock band Cover Story for our outdoor wedding in October 2007. Bill was excellent to work with in planning the event, providing feedback and asking the right questions to make sure we had the event we wanted. The group learned a new song for our first dance and played it exceptionally well. They were professional, talented and great to work with. Bill is a star on the the guitar, the female jazz vocalist was exceptional. All in all, a group deserving of a top rating! We definitely recommend them for weddings and other events for clients who care about the quality of music and don't want "just another wedding band."

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The band is fabulous! They interacted with the whole party. The songs were great. I highly recommend them. Feel free to email me at lolatbowedding@yahoo.com

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Mr. Freed and his group put on a great performance for me and my guests. We thoroughly enjoyed his sets and would highly recommend him to other potential clients.

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Bill Freed and his group did an excellent job performing at our company event. He was very professional and easy to work with. I plan on using Bill Freed at other upcoming events. I strongly recommend him and his group for any type of event that you may be having.

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Bill played at my mother's 80th birthday party luncheon for about 25 guests and provided the perfect mix of music. We wanted something simple yet elegant and his style did this. He is easy going, very accomodating, professional and a delight to work with. Highly recommended.

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Fundraiser

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He was able to set up quickly and performed beautifully. The audience was full of professionals and supporters. He played with ease and the music was so beautiful it seemed effortless. We received many complements from all the attendees. We will definitely use you again in the future for another fundraiser or event. We also have no problem recommending him to others. As a Nonprofit Organization, I feel that we were very fortunate to have such a kind, and generous professional who was very accommodating for our guest.

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Excellent entertainment for my event! He listened about what I wanted to accomplish, and he delivered it. My guests and I enjoyed his music. To top it off, he is very nice to work with. Sara Rubida Arlington, VA

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2015
Nov
27
Birthday Party (Adult)
Myersville, MD
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2014
Nov
15
Art Gallery Opening
Easton, MD
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2014
Jul
26
Private Party
Markham, VA
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2013
Sep
1
Wedding
Annapolis, MD
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2013
Apr
19
Private Party
Baltimore, MD
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2012
Dec
13
Holiday Party
Washington, DC
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2012
Dec
7
Christmas Party
Leesburg, VA
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
2012
Nov
17
Birthday Party (Adult)
Annapolis, MD
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2012
Feb
11
Mardi Gras Party
Severna Park, MD
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2011
Dec
31
New Year's Eve Party
Vienna, VA
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2011
Dec
12
Christmas Party
Baltimore, MD
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
2011
Nov
25
Wedding Reception
Baltimore, MD
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Walkin
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Round Midnight
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Besame Mucho
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Come Rain or Come Shine
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All of me
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Don't Get Around Much Anymore
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Antonio Carlos Jobim
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Please note Bill Freed will also travel to Upper Marlboro, Capital Heights, Lanham, Cheverly, Glenn Dale, Capitol Heights, Greenbelt, New Carrollton, Bladensburg, District Heights, Riverdale, Brentwood, College Park, Hyattsville, Washington, Mount Rainier, Suitland, Beltsville, Crofton, Davidsonville, Southern Md Facility, Adelphi Chillum, Gambrills, Harwood, Laurel, Temple Hills, Lothian, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Cheltenham.
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