William Flynn

Seaside

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: OA2 Records
UPC: 0805552220421
Catnr: OA2 22204
Release date: 04 November 2022
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OA2 Records
UPC
0805552220421
Catalogue number
OA2 22204
Release date
04 November 2022
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Halfway through his fourth year teaching at Wichita State University, guitarist William Flynn found himself on the road through the plains of Kansas to Florida's Gulf Coast for a month-long artist residency in the idyllic panhandle community of Seaside. The isolation of the ocean-front cottage, away from his life and job allowed for a barely imaginable creative focus, diving into a daily composing regimen and added time for reflection. With a band of Kansas City-based musicians - pianist Roger Wilder, bassist Sam Copeland, drummer Brian Steever, and a guest visit from vocalist Emily Merrell - Seaside deals an inspired modern jazz sound, revealing melodies and harmonies captured during a particularly rich creative episode in Flynn's career.
Während seines vierten Jahres als Dozent an der Wichita State University machte sich der Gitarrist William Flynn auf den Weg durch die Ebenen von Kansas an die Golfküste Floridas, um einen einmonatigen Künstleraufenthalt in der idyllischen Panhandle-Gemeinde Seaside zu verbringen. Die Abgeschiedenheit der Hütte am Meer, weit weg von seinem Leben und seiner Arbeit, ermöglichte ihm einen kaum vorstellbaren kreativen Fokus, das Eintauchen in ein tägliches Kompositionsprogramm und zusätzliche Zeit zum Nachdenken. Mit einer Band aus Musikern aus Kansas City - dem Pianisten Roger Wilder, dem Bassisten Sam Copeland, dem Schlagzeuger Brian Steever und einem Gastauftritt der Sängerin Emily Merrell - bietet Seaside einen inspirierten modernen Jazz-Klang, der Melodien und Harmonien offenbart, die während einer besonders reichen kreativen Phase in Flynns Karriere eingefangen wurden.

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William Flynn is a Midwest-based jazz guitarist highly respected for his playing and teaching alike.

Described as "playing a mean guitar" (Wichita Eagle), William Flynn is a Kansas-based jazz guitarist and educator currently serving as Director of Jazz Studies at Wichita State University. William's recent professional engagements include performances at the Overture to Overtown Jazz Festival (Miami, FL), the Charlie Parker Celebration Festival (Kansas City), The University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab, and The Blue Room (Kansas City). William's recent releases can be heard on Armored Records and Artists Recording Collective.

Widely respected as a leading educator in his field, William has presented and adjudicated at conferences and universities across the country. His educational writing has been published in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, and he is the co-author of Mel Bay's 2016 publication Jazz Guitar Duets. Additionally, William is the founder of @thejazzwoodshed, an educational Instagram account followed by thousands of users from around the world.

William holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Capital University (Columbus, OH), and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, where he taught as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. From 2011-2012, William held the guitar chair in the world-renowned and Grammy-nominated University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, and can be heard on Lab 2012.

As Director of Jazz Studies at Wichita State University, William teaches applied guitar, directs the Guitar Ensemble, and coaches jazz combos.

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