William Ravel has performed with Bobby Shew, Peter Erskine, Ernie Watts, Eric Marienthal, Brandon Fields, Don Braden, Gunther Schuller, and Conte Candoli. Locally (AZ), Ravel has played with Dwight Kilian (Art Lande) as a member of his band Bass Pursuit, Big Jim Henry (Joey DeFrancesco), Monte Procopio (including multiple television appearances), Mike Crotty (Airmen of Note), Dennis Rowland (Count Basie) and The Extreme Decibel Big Band, the Spherical Jazz Quartet (with Ted Beledin, Kyle Nix, and Ebbert Gepner), the Sunday night house trio at the Velvet Room Supper Club, The Symphony of the West Valley, and The Dallas Brass.
Ravel’s major teachers of jazz improvisation and piano include Chuck Marohnic, Toby Koenigsberg, and Steve Owen. Ravel has studied composition and arranging with Mike Crotty, Steve Owen, and Chuck Marohnic. He has studied piano privately or in masterclass with Fred Hersch, Art Lande, Clare Fischer, Philip Strange, Danilo Pérez, and Michael Kocour. He has received two soloist awards from the Reno Jazz Festival, 3 citations for outstanding musicianship from the IAJE, the NAU outstanding performer award, the Jazzbird full-tuition scholarship to Arizona State University, a Graduate Teaching Fellowship to the University of Oregon for graduate study in jazz performance and an award for Excellence in Teaching from Pierson School Systems.
Ravel has taught at Phoenix College, the University of Oregon, and at the high school and middle school level. His students and ensembles have earned numerous awards and honors, including 1st place at the Fullerton Jazz Festival (top division), the rating of superior at multiple festivals, soloist awards, and talent-based scholarships to major university music programs.