BILL TILLMAN 1947-2012

Were it not for Bill Tillman, BRAVO! Entertainment may never have existed, we mourn his loss and celebrate his mighty mighty talent.

A legend in his own time was no cliché for the musical respect given Bill Tillman.  Bill's entrance onto the Texas music scene as the most outstanding musician in the Texas Public School System in 1965 was followed by a host of accolades including 8 albums with Blood Sweat and Tears, road years with Roy Orbison, Gladys Knight and The Duke Ellington Orchestra. An amazing stint as featured soloist with The Dallas Symphony Orchestra was enhanced by years of national television, press and media exposure ultimately bringing this incredibly talented saxophonist/vocalist to prominent recognition.  Bill Tillman was the consummate musician and an omnipresent bandleader.  His undisputed skills at bringing forth the energy and dynamic strength of his mighty horn, powerful flute and voice was unparalleled on the contemporary music scene.  Texas Most Outstanding Musician Award (1965) North Texas Lab Band (1967-68)The Coasters Revue (Saxophonist 1970)Chuck Berry Band (Saxophonist 1970Bo Didley Show (Saxophonist 1970)Rose Colored Glass (founder 1971-72) Gladys Knight (music director 1972)Blood Sweat & Tears (band member 1973-1978)Dallas Symphony Orchestra (soloist 1978-80)Dallas Jazz Orchestra (soloist 1979)Duke Ellington Orchestra (band member 1979)Bill Tillman Band (feature artist 1981-present).

RECORDING CREDITS:

  • C.L. and The Pictures  “Asking for Forgiveness” (1962)
  • The Bill Pat Quintet  “Desifinado & Passion” (1963)
  • Salute To Youth (1965)
  • Roy Orbison “Roy Orbison” (1970)
  • Rose Colored Glass “Can't Find The Time” (1972)
  • Blood Sweat & Tears “Mirror Image” (1973)
  • Blood Sweat & Tears “New City” (1974)
  • Blood Sweat & Tears “More Than Ever” (1975)
  • Blood Sweat & Tears “Blood Sweat & Tears” (1976)
  • Blood Sweat & Tears “B, S and T” (1977)
  • Blood Sweat & Tears “Live in Concert” (1977)
  • Blood Sweat & Tears “Live Newport Jazz Festival” (1978)
  • Blood Sweat & Tears “Live in Scandanavia” (1978)
  • Bill Tillman “Intillmindation” (1982)
  • Bill Tillman “Two Lovers” (1983)
  • Bill Tillman “Nightflight” (1989)
  • Tom Barabas “Stranger on the Shore” (1991)
  • Fletch Wiley “The Christmas Album” (1993)
  • Reba and Donny “Reba and Donny” (1994)
  • Blood Sweat & Tears  “Then and Now” (1995)
  • Bill Tillman “Picture This” (1996)
  • Phil Driskoll Chirstmas Album (1997)
  • Blood Sweat and Tears’Smiling Phases” (1998)
  • Bill Tillman “Altogether” (2000)