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Bill Stuve - Born William Carl Stuve III in Alameda, CA. August 1, 1951. Bill has played music all his life. Being blessed by a very supportive family, Bill also scored by having a grandfather who was an artist, as well as a drummer & stride piano player. It wasn't long before Bill was playing snare drum, along with his grandfather at the piano, entertaining family & friends at all holiday functions.This relationship opened up that great big world of music for young Bill. Old school 78' records by Fat's Waller, John Phillip Sousa, Sachmo and others, soon ignited his musical passion. From there he was marching with baton swingin' young ladies, in a drum corp called "The Mt. Eden Marshals". This experience allowed him to get a taste of band discipline and success, as well as life on the road.
His family moved to San Jose, CA, where his first band "The Warlocks" was formed, with Bill playing guitar. Many bands followed and it was during this time, now playing electric bass, that he hooked up with guitar man Junior Watson. They developed a musical relationship that evolved into a group in 1975 with "Harlem Globetrotter" Nate Branch. That led to playing the casino's in Las Vegas & Reno. From there, through a Watson connection in 1977, "The Mighty Flyers" were formed. That band then featured band leader Rod Piazza (Harp), Junior Watson (Guitar), Bill Swartz (Drums), Honey Piazza (Piano) and Bill Stuve (Upright Bass).
It was during this period that Bill developed his unique "dog house" string bass style. For over 30 years this band went on to tour the world. They played thousands of venues in the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, and Australia. The "Mighty Flyers" as a band received numerous awards & nominations. ''Band of the Year", the coveted "Blues Foundation Award", has been awarded to them 4 times. Bill has been individually nominated several times for "Instrumentalist Bass" since 2000. During this time, Bill developed his own record label - Upright Allnight Productions. As band leader & featured vocalist, he co-produced 3 CD's, "Big Noise", "Say Man!", and "Flyin' Right". Currently, Bill is concentrating on his solo career, as well as touring with Candye Kane.