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NIR Radio For April 10, 2013

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Billy Mitchell piano – a native New Yorker, who did not get serious about music until he entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. While pursuing a political science degree he joined the school jazz band and was soon playing gigs in and around Atlanta. In 1970 Mitchell moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career and was soon backing up such artists as Gloria Lynn, Ester Phillips, Randy Crawford and Linda Hopkins, to name a few. His solo career has included chart topping solo recording projects, appearances in film, most notably Clint Eastwood's "Bird." His work as a clinician has centered on his book, "The Gigging Musician" (Hal Leonard Pub.) based on interviews and his articles as a writer for Gig Magazine. In 2002 Billy founded The Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy (SAPPA). This program is designed to increase participation of inner-city students in music and arts scholarship competition.

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