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”Virtuoso on clarinet and saxophone,” (New York Times) Washington D.C. native Will Anderson was internationally recognized early in his career by Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and NFAA Young Arts Program. Will earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at Juilliard in New York City, and is an official artist endorsing Selmer and D’Addario woodwind products. He’s performed with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Bob Wilber Sextet.
Will has headlined at venues including The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Sarasota Florida Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s Jazz Corner, Seattle’s Triple Door, Miami-Dade’s Cultural Arts Center, and The Arizona Music Festival. His ensemble has performed in over 30 U.S. States, toured Japan, and featured four times in NYC’s famed “Highlights in Jazz” series, alongside legends Lou Donaldson, Paquito D’Rivera, and Wycliffe Gordon. Will has been a guest clinician at Temple University, College of Charleston, University of Scranton, Hunter College, Stonybrook University, Michigan State University and others.
In 2012 Will co-led a release for Smalls records with his brother Peter, entitled Correspondence, featuring Kenny Barron and was chosen by Vanity Fair magazine alongside Miles Davis in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz.” His composition “Bread and Butter” was featured on JAZZIZ Magazine’s Winter 2014 CD Soundtrack. A more recent release, Reed Reflections, was called by the Washington Post, “imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes.” Peter and Will’s newest album, Deja Vu, features Albert “Tootie” Heath, and was called “a burner that reveals the band’s cohesiveness and spirit” by Mike Joyce in JazzTimes.