• Bill Simenson - Trumpet

  • Bill Simenson Orchestra

  • Since June 2012, Bill has been leader of the 17-piece big band, the Bill Simenson Orchestra, performing monthly at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis. Bill is currently a member the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra (ballroom dance), Seven Steps to Havana (Latin jazz), and the Band of Praise, a New Orleans style funeral band. Since he began playing trumpet professionally in 1983, Bill has performed regularly with the Latin Sounds Orchestra, the Jazz Composers’ Art Ensemble, Salsa Blanca (Latin jazz), the Cedar Avenue Big Band (founding member), the Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra, Yohannes Tona Band, and the Nachito Herrera Orchestra (A Journey to the Americas), as well as in his own quartet and quintet (jazz). Bill also played in and later led the band for the Minnesota North Stars.

    Bill has also backed an array of artists, including Cab Calloway, Steve Allen, Tony Sandler, Maureen McGovern, Joan Rivers, Mitzi Gaynor, the Temptations, and the Four Tops. His theater work includes productions at the Bloomington Civic Theater, Cricket Theater, Mixed Blood Theater, Children’s Theater, Guthrie Theater, and the Walker Art Center (with David Byrne and Robert Wilson.)