Bill Morey is a high energy upright bassist who has performed on multiple national tours and international engagements.
Although Bill is proficient in a wide range of genres, including Jazz, Classical & Musical Theater, his absolute favorite style is vintage 1950’s Rock and Roll. Over the years, he’s had the chance to perform with diverse line-ups, exploring the world of Rockabilly, Country, Blues, Folk & Soul - keeping that music alive and engaging for today’s audiences and music listeners.
As a bass player, Bill has managed to develop an organic, smooth and effortless slap bass style as well as demonstrating some wild and crazy bass antics & tricks, that tips the hat to some of his major influences, such as Bill Black (Elvis Presley’s bassist), Marshall Lytle (Bill Haley & The Comets bassist), & Willie Dixon (Chess Records). All while maintaining a personal and creative approach that highlights Bill’s musicianship. Bass is often one of the most challenging aspects of any mix, and a fundamental component of any live band: with Bill handling the low end, he provides a solid foundation, not only due to his abilities, but also thanks to using some of the best instruments and equipment in the industry.
Originally hailing from New York City, Bill eventually relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where he performs throughout the local music scene and beyond. Most notably, he plays extensively with various tribute groups, celebrating the immortal talent of iconic world-class artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Frankie Valli, Ritchie Valens, James Taylor, Abba and many, many more. He tours with two Buddy Holly tribute groups called the Rave-Ons & Not Fade Away show, which is made up of cast members of the hit musical “BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story”. He toured with Buddy Holly Story for over 5 years, starring as Buddy Holly's bassist, Joe B Mauldin. Bill has also had the pleasure of touring with the Coasters in the 20th Anniversary revival tour of “Smokey Joes Cafe”. During his formative years, he actually focused on both the bass and the trombone, consistently mastering impressive skills and distinguishing himself as a young performer.
Bill has had the opportunity to perform all over the USA, abroad, and hit the stage of a variety of venues, including theaters, casinos, cruise ships, performing arts centers, nightclubs, festivals, and even private events (corporate, parties, weddings).