Bill Moio was born and raised on the East Coast, where he picked up his first guitar at the tender age of eight and made his professional debut at fifteen. After finishing high school in South Portland, Maine, Bill was accepted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied under the late William G. Leavitt. After leaving Berklee, Bill returned home to Maine and began teaching bass and guitar at the University of Maine at Augusta at the age of 19. During this time, he founded his first group, “The Bill Moio Quartet.” The quartet performed an eclectic blend of jazz, Latin and funk music, highlighted by Bill’s fiery guitar playing.
In 1979, Bill and the group headed west for a two week engagement at the MGM Reno; the two weeks turned into nine months and later found himself immersed in the showroom circuit throughout Nevada. Bill served as house guitarist for both Harrah’s Reno and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe for seven years, where he was then elevated to the position of orchestra leader.
While performing at Harrah’s, Bill recorded his first group project entitled “Arrival.” He and the group won Best Jazz Ensemble, Best Jazz Musician and Best Jazz Artist/Performer at the 1984 RAMA, Reno Area Music Awards.
Bill has performed with legendary soul band Tower of Power. He has also appeared with and or recorded with many jazz and contemporary artists including, Joe Diorio, organ greats Joey DeFrancesco and Tony Monaco, David Garibaldi, Marc Russo, Khani Cole, Frank Sinatra Junior, Jack Wilkins and Sheryl Bailey to name a few.
Bill’s first solo CD, “Let’s Go” showcases his phenomenal guitar playing as well as his solid writing and arranging, featuring well-crafted originals and fresh takes on classic standards. Two of his compositions are featured in Mel Bay’s “2000 Jazz Guitar,” an anthology of solos by the world’s finest jazz guitarists. Bill has also released two CDs with his brother, drummer Dom Moio, bassist Warren Jones and pianist Armand Boatman with the Phoenix Jazz Quartet and has appeared on numerous recordings for other artists.
In January of 2011 Bill was contacted by Grammy Award winning producer Michael Broening to put a guitar track on Cindy Bradley’s new release “Unscripted.” Bill’s tracks can be heard on “You Don’t Know What Love Is.” “Unscripted” was released on June 20 and is still currently on Billboard’s top 100.
Bill currently lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Sharing his enthusiasm for jazz guitar, he teaches privately and is a returning clinician at Arizona State University and enjoys fitting other events into his steady schedule.