Things About…Bill Fulton, Pianist/Composer

BillFultonBorn on the 4th of July, 1962 in Oakland, CA., Bill began his music exploration at the age of 7 on the trumpet (I guess I have a “thing” about trumpet players!). He later switched to piano when he was 14. After graduating from Cal State Hayward as a music composition major, he worked extensively in the Bay Area as a performer, teacher, composer, arranger, and recording engineer. As a keyboardist, Bill worked with Sheila E., Chuck Mangione, Grant Geissman as well as many other fine musical ensembles.
Bill moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to study composition at the prestigious Dick Grove School of Music. In 1988, he went to work for Universal Studios as a staff composer. He created themes and underscores for “The Munsters Today”, “The New Dragnet”, “The New Adam 12”, “FBI: The Untold Stories”, and many other films and commercials. For Warner Bros./Hanna Barbera Cartoons/Cartoon Network, be composed for “I Am Weasel”, “Cow + Chicken”, “Poochini”, and “What a Cartoon!” animated series. Does this make him a “car-tune-ist”?
Bill formed the Bill Fulton Band in 2002 which released an album called “Time”, and his newest CD, “About 12:00 AM” (2009). They have played in many Los Angeles venues including Catalina’s Jazz Club, Jazz videos, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. This fabulous band is a jazz-fusion octet that features some of the greatest talents in L.A….Piano/Keys: Bill Fulton; Alto Sax: Glenn Morrissette; Tenor Sax: Rick Keller; Trumpet: Larry Williams; Trombone: Andrew Lippman; Guitar: Andrew Synowiec; Bass: Adam Cohen; Drums: David Derge. Bill also established his own 17-piece Big Band (2009), attracting many legendary local players as well.
Some of the artists Bill has worked with include: Bill Holman, Connie Stevens, Ernie Watts, Gordon Goodwin, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Lorber Joely Fisher, Lily Tomlin, Martha Plimpton, Suzanne Somers, John Magruder and many others, including my “Monktet”.

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