Bill Boris is a prolific jazz guitarist who performs throughout the Chicago area. Bill attended Berklee College of Music and received his B.A. from Notre Dame University. He has performed or recorded with David “Fat Head” Newman, Fred Wesley, Tony Monaco, Marco Pignataro, Geof Bradfield, Arthur Prysock, Eric Alexander, Charles Earland, Irene Reid, and Robert Irving III. He played on the Mike Frost Project C.D., “Comin’ Straight at You”, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. Bill released his debut C.D. “Hold Back” in 1999, featuring original compositions. He has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Barbados Jazz Festival, the Kaunas Jazz Festival in Lithuania, the Szczecin Jazz Festival in Poland and the South Shore Jazz Festival in Chicago. He has also appeared at the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill in Chicago and Catalina’s in Los Angeles. Bill is currently leading an organ trio, performing original compositions and new arrangements of standards and pop tunes. His new C.D., Bright Moments, was released early in February,2018. Bill contributed a chapter focusing on the role of the guitar in a big band for "Jazz Zone", the first lesson-plan based Jazz curriculum, published in 2019.
Bill is the Coordinator of Guitar and Bass Studies, and associate chair of the Music department at Columbia College Chicago where he has been a Jazz guitar instructor and ensemble director since 2001. In 2013 and 2014, he performed in Italy at the Pescara and Bucci Jazz Festivals and led workshops at the Pescara Conservatory. In 2015, Bill was a band coach at Popakademie in Mannheim, Germany.
Bill has been the director of the Columbia College Fusion Ensemble since 2006. The Fusion Ensemble performs annually at the Elmhurst and Notre Dame Jazz Festivals, and has received many awards. The group has performed at the Jazz Showcase with Donny McCaslin, Stephon Harris, Dave Douglas,Russell Gunn, and performed at the 2017 Jazz Education Network convention in New Orleans with Wycliffe Gordon. The Fusion Ensemble won the "Best Small Combo Award" in Down Beat's 2019 Student Music Awards.