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Pianist Bill Anschell has performed in premiere venues throughout the U.S. and abroad, both leading his trio and as pianist/musical director for vocalist Nnenna Freelon. His concert credits include eight European tours with Freelon and six South American tours with his trio, including concerts in many of the leading international jazz festivals. Anschell was the creator, producer and theme music composer for “JazzSouth,” a syndicated radio program broadcast from 1990 - 2002 on more than 200 stations around the world. In 1998 his CD, “a different note all together,” was selected by UPI (United Press International) as one of the year’s “10 Best” jazz releases. His 2009 duo CD of spontaneous improvisations with saxophonist Brent Jensen was described by Cadence as “startlingly beautiful, surprising, and powerful…a transforming experience.” Anschell is also highly regarded as a composer; his original pieces have been featured on more than 70 network and cable programs including NBC’s “The West Wing,” HBO’s acclaimed series, “The Wire,” and the CBS series “The Defenders.” He received Golden Ear Awards as the “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2005, 2010 and 2011, and he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2016.