Bill Spilka (b. 1930)
American trombonist, oral historian, and professional photographer. Contributed to the oral history of jazz by creating audio and video recordings of jazz musicians from the 1970s through the 1990s.
Progenitor of UNLV’s archive, Bill Spilka Recorded Jazz Interviews, Masterclasses, and Performances. Sister collections to UNLV’s housed at Rutgers University and the NY Public Library (see links below).
Trombone USA profile
NY Times article about Spilka’s Dixieland performances
Spilka’s photographs of jazz musicians at Getty Images
Chops (New York: NY Brass Conference, 1990) [book of photographs of performer embouchures]
NY Public Library page for Spilka VHS Collection at Schomburg Center (SC-Spilka-1)
NY Public Library page for Spilka Collection of Jazz Videorecordings (L (Special) 99-13)
Rutgers University page for Bill Spilka Collection of Live Performance Audiovisual Recordings
Spilka’s Jazz Bossa Nova Group
- Disc 70
Spilka’s New Hot Club I
October 5, 1977
- Disc 68
- Disc 69