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Bill Leary
saxophone, flute, clarinet
(518) 605-2569

Delmar native Bill Leary has been playing the saxophone since the age of 10. Growing up he studied classical saxophone with George Smith and Jazz Saxophone with Kevin Barcomb. After high school he attended Indiana University where he studied Saxophone with Tom Walsh, and Improv with David Baker and Pat Harbison. After two productive years he transferred to New Jersey City University where he Studied with Tenor Saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, and many other of New York City's finest jazz musicians. In 2003 he graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies as well as Classical performance. He then began a masters in woodwind doubling, studying with some of new York's finest Broadway and studio musicians. After only one semester of masters work he got the call to tour as lead alto saxophonist with The Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey circus band. After two years on the road and over 90 different cities Bill has returned to the Capital District. He has had the pleasure of performing with Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Benny Golsen, Rufus Reid, Paquito D'Riviera, Conrad Herwig, Buddy Defranco, doo wop legends the Duprees, the Tokens, the Shang-ra-las, and Lou Christie. Locally he can be heard playing with the Bill Leary Quartet, The New Nite Train, Soul Provider, The Funk Merchants, and the J St. Swing band. He has been a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators since 2000. Bill is also on faculty at LA Hilton Music in the Latham circle mall and the Cady school of music. He is available for lessons, concerts and master classes.