Meet Bill Westcott


Bill Westcott is a pianist, composer, arranger, musicologist, and music theorist. His specialty is in African American and Classical music of the 20th century. As a veteran musician Westcott is well aware as to the extent of just how powerful music can be to heal.

With over 40 years of experience, Bill has played piano at Toronto General Hospital and offers many sounds to Music Can Heal’s diverse palette of music. He has performed as a band member in Dixieland, country and western, rock, ragtime, and jazz and blues bands. Westcott also has a love for the ukulele and has self-diagnosed himself with UAS (Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome).

One of his more unique performances is with Brenna MacCrimmon where they perform women’s blues from the 1920s and 1930s, covering music from Merline Johnson, Mama Yancey, and Bessie Smith. The duo will perform together at Music Can Heal’s Arts in the Park at Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre this Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 pm.

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