Bill O’Connell is a native New Yorker who has played with many of the greats in the worlds of jazz and latin-jazz. In 1977, he joined the legendary congero, Mongo SantaMaria, writing and performing with him for over 2 years. Following that he worked with Chet Baker and jazz legend Sonny Rollins. In 1982, he joined Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin, and they have been touring the world together ever since. Bill’s most recent recordings are “Rhapsody in Blue” on the Challenge label and “Triple Play Plus Three” on the ZOHO label which received a 4 star review in Downbeat.
Bill is bringing in a true “All-Star” band to Birdland with Steve Slagle-sax, Luis Bonilla-trombone, Richie Flores-congas, Ruben Rodriguez-bass, and Adam Cruz on drums.
Detailed schedule information:
Shows at 8:30 and 11 PM