Bill Kirchner is a composer-arranger, saxophonist, bandleader, educator, record and radio producer, and jazz historian. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Bill graduated in 1975 from Manhattan College in New York City. From then until 1980, he lived in Washington, D.C., playing with the Mike Crotty big band, the Bernard Sweetney quartet, and his own groups.
He teaches advanced jazz composition, jazz history, and score analysis at The New School University in New York City. He also teaches a master's-level jazz history course in the jazz program at New Jersey City University, and a Duke Ellington Course at Manhattan School of Music.