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“Jazz lovers in the area are quite familiar with the inspired sax play of Bill Tiberio, who is also well-respected in the Fairport school district where he’s been teaching for the last 20 years. Now Tiberio and his lauded Group are back with their second CD, Promise Street, which they’ll celebrate with two release shows at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre on Thursday, February 17th (7pm & 9pm). The CD is a funky, prog-jazz brew, that incorporates smooth and sweet selections into the fold as well. Many of the disc’s highlight pieces are written by the group’s accomplished guitarist, Mel Henderson (check out the soulful title track), while organist/flugelhorn player Gerry Youngman’s “In My Life” is a romantic feast to keep your Valentine mood going! (Note: Henderson & Youngman are the core of another jazz fav, Paradigm Shift). The Group is rounded out by drummer Jared Schonig, an Eastman School graduate who has won 7 Downbeat Music Awards. Throughout Promise Street, Tiberio’s exquisite saxophone sound acts as each track’s “vocal” presence, exuding pure emotion and allowing for some imaginative improv along the way. Hear these guys!”

Michelle Picardo

Freetime Magazine

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Center Hosts CD Release Concert

Rochester, NY – On February 17, the Bill Tiberio Group will celebrate the launch of their newest CD entitled Promise Street at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Center, located at 540 East Main Street. Two concerts are scheduled for 7:00pm and 9:00pm.

Promise Street is the band’s second recording on the Trier Records label. On Promise Street, the group goes deeper into the funky progressive jazz world. With challenging riffs, funky grooves, extended improvisations, and inspired arrangements, this recording almost seems to say, with playful funkiness, “dig this”!

Bill Tiberio is an accomplished and versatile saxophonist, who has the whole package: technical facility, heart, and a sense of where he’s been and where he’s going. In addition to being an educator for the last 20 years, Bill has performed with Fred Wesley, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Nestor Torres, Lou Gramm, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and has shared the stage with Chuck Loeb, the Yellowjackets, Eileen Ivers, Jesse Cook, and Euge Groove.

On his second CD as a leader, Bill is again collaborating with Paradigm Shift, who is receiving national recognition for their debut CD on Nagel-Heyer Records entitled Shifting Times, which features Bill’s saxophone artistry on several tunes. Paradigm Shift’s core personnel are guitarist Melvin Henderson and organist Gerry Youngman. Throughout their extensive careers, both have worked with various artists including Al Jarreau, Roy Ayers, Bobby Militello, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, and Eric Alexander, to name a few. In addition to being recognized for their playing, both are gaining recognition for their original compositions. As on Bill’s first release the story ends…the story begins, Melvin Henderson and Gerry Youngman have contributed all originals on Promise Street.

The band is completed with L.A. native Jared Schonig on drums. After moving to Rochester to attend the Eastman School of Music at age 18, Jared quickly gained notoriety in the Rochester jazz scene, winning 7 Downbeat Music Awards. He has performed and shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Wyciffe Gordon, Dave Liebman, and others.

Tickets for the concerts are available by calling the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre at (585) 325-4370. Tickets are $10.00 for general admission, and $5.00 for full-time students.  Desserts and beverages will be available prior to the performances.  Free parking is available in the East End Garage next to Eastman Theatre.  Downstairs Cabaret Theatre celebrates 20 years as Rochester’s non-profit professional theatre with passion.

Dec. 19, 2004: 

Bill Tiberio organized a benefit for Dimitri House at the Clarissa Room, in collaboration with John Starr, proprietor, and musicians from the area donated their talents for this wonderful afternoon. Over 125 people attended, and $750 was raised for this food cupboard and homeless shelter.

November 27, 2004:

“People filled the lounge area enjoying the music from afar while others were lining up for a chance to stand in the event area (let alone get a table from 7:00 to 10:00). For good reason; it was because of the great music provided by the Bill Tiberio Group featuring Melvin Henderson, Gerry Youngman, Jared Schonig, and with Harold Pannell providing vocals. Bill Tiberio gave one of the best performances of the night as he poured himself into each and every note. This very diverse, warm and enthusiastic audience fueled their performance with excitement and applause.”

– Marcus Robinson (Thornwood)

July 27, 2004: Bill’s saxophone artistry can be heard on Paradigm Shift’s newest release on Nagel-Heyer Records, entitled ‘Shifting Times’. For more information visit



June 8, 2004: The Bill Tiberio Group performed at the 3rd Edition of the Rochester International Jazz Festival to an enthusiastic crowd.

Bill Tiberio (saxs) – Gerry Youngman (organ) – Harold Pannell (vocals) – Mel Henderson (guitar) – Jared Schonig (drums)

Oct. 25, 2003: The Bill Tiberio Group was the featured guest group in the annual Fairport HS Jazz Charity Benefit. This years beneficiary, Foodlink, was given the proceeds of $1,750. Tiberio leads the jazz program at the school.

Nov, 2003: The Bill Tiberio Group just signed a distribution contract with FYE, and the FYE stores will soon have the CD for sale in all of the northeast US locations.

Nov, 2003: The Bill Tiberio Group just hosted a successful gig at the Montage Grille with guest saxophonist and former Fairport HS student, Michael MacArthur. Mike has toured with Rick Derringer, Diane Shuur, and Maynard Ferguson, and will be releasing his 3rd solo CD in the Spring from Tampa Florida.



Rochester’s City Magazine, (Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2003 issue)

Featured in “Short Takes” with photo…

“Bill Tiberio is a sax-blowin cat with his fingers in all different kinds of pies. I suspect some toes as well. A music educator at Fairport HS for 16 years, Tiberio brings his talent and experience to the classroom. His recently released first album, The ‘Story Ends…The Story Begins’, moves around traditional jazz and light, funky grooves with smooth-jazz execution and a soulful polish.”

Frank DeBlase, Music Editor



Rochester’s Freetime Magazine, (Nov. 26-Dec. 10, 2003 issue)

On the release of the Bill Welch Band’s new Christmas CD, “Love Was Born”…

“Welch’s soulful vocals lead these pop/rock songs-with-a-message, augmented by wonderful jazzy play from noted local saxophone player, Bill Tiberio… The Bill Tiberio Group continue to support their stellar release, ‘The Story Ends…The Story Begins’, certainly one of this area’s best jazz releases of the year.”

Michelle Picardo, Contributing Editor