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    Bill Steinhauser


    Bill began playing ukelele and mandolin at the age of ten with instructions from family members. Almost all of Bill's family were musicians.  He switched to violin while in the grammar school system.  By high school he had taught himself guitar after hearing recordings by Django Rhinehardt and performed in the school jazz/swing band in New Jersey.  

    After High school, he studied theory with Rector Bailey and arranging with Fletcher Henderson and continued to play professionally in the tri-state area for the next 33 years using the name, Bill Lee.  His road work included tours with The Knockouts, The Royal Teens, Jerry Wallace Review,  Joe Saye, George Shearing, Ralph Marterie, Larry Chesky, Buddy Morrow, Milton DeLugg, and the Lester Lanin
    Orchestra.  As a studio session guitarist, Bill was an accompaniest for many artists including Fran Warren, Peggy King, Nipsy Russell, Dakota Stanton, Tom Paxton, Nell Carter, etc.  Bill owned and operated two music and guitar studios in Sparta and Dover, N.J.  

    With a degree in electronic engineering, he became chief engineer for Livingston Audio Products in Fairfield, N.J. which produced recording equipment for the motion picture and television industry and did design work in the development of the standard audio tape cassette.  His Rand D department served the whole record industry and developed high speed recording and audio equipment for such companies as Sony, Ampex, and government agencies.  He recieved a Billboard award as a record producer and mastering engineer for RCA, Chess, Atlantic, Time Warner, GRT, Prestige labels and mastered recordings for Chet Baker, Trini Lopez, Peggy Lee, Johnny Albino, etc.

    An accident with a power tool injured his left hand and kept him from playing for several years.  He returned to playing fretted instruments with local groups a few years ago.  

    After retirement in 1988, Bill and his wife Jane moved from Darien to Stratford.  He holds a life membership in the American Federation of Musicians (locals LA 10, 256, 247, 802), and a member of the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers and Telecommunication Union.  Bill also belongs to the Fretted Instrument Guild of America and now continues with his hobby of repair and restoration of musical instruments
    and clocks and stll maintains an interest in recording and audio science.  Some of his latest gigs have been at Club Swing 46 in New York City with the Georgie Gee Orchestra and Dinner Theaters (Fiddler on the Roof, Robber Bridegroom, Ain't Misbehavin, Showboat, Dames at Sea), on the bass and guitar and has appeared for the last four years at the Great Connecticut Jazz Festival.  Bill also teaches at his home studio in Stratford.



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