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William “Billy” Vann Thornton

Artist Affiliate, Jazz Bass    

William “Billy” Vann Thornton, is the bass instructor at Georgia State University School of Music. Prior to Georgia State University he taught at Jacksonville University in Florida. Mr. Thornton has been performing for over twenty years in the United States, France, Netherlands, Italy, Mexico, and Qatar .

In addition to the bass, he plays the guitar and electric bass. Influenced by various reggae, jazz, rock and Motown artists. You can see Mr. Thornton performing with the likes of Dominick Farinacci, Christian Tamburr, Doug Carn, Houston Person, Clint Holmes, Kevin Bales, Russell Gunn, and others.

He has performed in the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Blues to Bop Festival in Lugano, Switzerland, San Jose Jazz festival, Bahamian Jazz Festival, Magnolia Festival, and the Electric Forest. In addition, he has recorded with numerous musicians, Christian Tamburr “Voyage”, Darren English “Imagine Nation”, and other groups.

He can be seen throughout Atlanta performing at venues like the Velvet Note, the legendary, late Churchill Grounds, and various performance events.

Mr. Thornton holds a Bachelors degree in music from the University of North Florida. He resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two children.