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Billy Drummond

Billy Drummond

nato il 18.6.1959 a Newport News, VA, Stati Uniti d'America

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Willis Robert "Billy" Drummond, Jr. (b. Newport News, Virginia, June 19, 1959) is an American jazz drummer.

Drummond learned jazz from an early age from his father, who was a drummer and a jazz enthusiast and whose record collection included many recordings of Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Buddy Rich and Elvin Jones, among others. He played in bands from age eight and studied at Shenandoah College And Conservatory Of Music. He moved to New York at the behest of Al Foster in 1986 and shortly thereafter joined the Blue Note band, Out of the Blue (OTB) with whom he recorded their last CD. He subsequently joined the Horace Silver sextet, with whom he toured extensively. He is currently a long-time member of Carla Bley's Lost Chords Quartet. He has played and recorded with Nat Adderley, Ralph Moore (1989 and subsequently), Buster Williams (199093), Charles Tolliver (1991), Lew Tabackin and Toshiko Akiyoshi, Hank Jones (1991), James Moody (early 1990s), Sonny Rollins (199495), Andy LaVerne (1994), Lee Konitz (1995), Dave Stryker (1996), George Colligan (1997), Ted Rosenthal, Bruce Barth, Andrew Hill (from 1997-2000), Larry Willis (2006 to the present), Toots Thielmans, and Freddie Hubbard (mid-1990s). Influences include Tony Williams, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Al Foster, Jack DeJohnette, and Billy Hart, among others. He also leads a New York-based band called Freedom of Ideas. In addition to touring he is currently Professor of Jazz Drums at the Juilliard School of Music and NYU in New York.


As leader
  • 1991 Native Colours (Criss Cross Jazz) with Renee Rosnes, Steve Wilson, Steve Nelson, Ray Drummond
  • 1993 The Gift (Criss Cross) with Peter Washington, Seamus Blake, Renee Rosnes
  • 1995 Dubai (Criss Cross) with Chris Potter, Walt Weiskopf, Peter Washington
As co-leader
  • 2003 Pas de Trois The Drummonds
  • 2006 Mysterious Shorter Nicholas Payton/Bob Beldon/Sam Yahel/Billy Drummond/John Hart
  • 2006 Once Upon a Time The Drummonds
  • 2006 Letter to Evans The Drummonds
  • 2006 Beautiful Friendship The Drummonds
As band member with OTB
  • 1989 Spiral Staircase Out of the Blue
with Carla Bley
  • 2003 Looking for America
  • 2004 The Lost Chords
  • 2007 The Lost Chords find Paolo Fresu
  • 2008 Appearing Nightly
As band member with Steve Kuhn
  • 1997 Dedication With Steve Kuhn
  • 1998 Countdown With Steve Kuhn
  • 2000 The Best Things With Steve Kuhn
  • 2001 Temptation With Steve Kuhn
  • 2002 Waltz - Red Side With Steve Kuhn
  • 2002 Waltz - Blue Side With Steve Kuhn
  • 2004 Easy to Love With Steve Kuhn
  • 2007 Pastorale With Steve Kuhn
  • 2007 Baubles, Bangles and Beads With Steve Kuhn
  • 2007 Pavanne for a Dead Princess With Steve Kuhn
As sideman
  • Old Country (1990) With Nat Adderley
  • Sam I Am (1990) With Sam Newsome
  • In New York (1990) With Tomas Franck
  • For the Moment (1990 With Renee Rosnes
  • Hornucopia (1991) With Jon Faddis
  • John Swana and Friends (1991) With John Swana
  • Mirage (1991) With Bobby Hutcherson
  • Better Times (1992) With Rob Bargad
  • The Charmer (1992) With Charles Fambrough
  • Epistrophy (1992) With Bill Pierce
  • Simplicity (1992) With Walt Weiskopf
  • Dawnbird (1993) With Vincent Herring
  • Secret Love (1993) With Vincent Herring
  • Blue Note Years (1993) With Joe Henderson
  • Feeling's Mutual (1993) With John Swana
  • Scheme of Things (1993) With Scott Wendholt
  • In from the Cold (1994, Criss Cross Jazz) With Jonny King
  • Days of Wine and Roses (1994) With Vincent Herring
  • Notes from the Underground (1996, Enja Records) With Jonny King
  • True Blue (1998) With Archie Shepp
  • Vertigo (1998) With Chris Potter
  • Universal Spirits (1998) With Tim Ries
  • Dusk (1999) With Andrew Hill
  • Duke's Place (1999) With George Mraz
  • Everything I Need (1999) With Carol Fredette
  • Out of the Dark (1999) With Andy Fusco
  • Pleasant Valley (1999) With Javon Jackson
  • Reemergence (1999) With Eddie Henderson
  • Remembrance (1999) With Sadao Watanabe
  • Rendezvous (1999) With Jerome Harris
  • Search (1999) With Joel Weiskopf
  • Sound of Love (1999) With Tommy Smith
  • Navigator (2000) With Joel Frahm
  • Ask Me Now (2000) With Michael Urbaniak
  • Siren (2000) With Walt Weiskopf
  • Steal the Moon (2000) With Carolyn Leonhart
  • Two Tenor Ballads (2000) With Mark Turner and Tadd Shull
  • What Goes Unsaid (2000) With Scott Wendholt
  • Oasis (2001) With Eddie Henderson
  • Song (2001) With Marty Ehrlich
  • Workin' Out (2001) With John Campbell
  • Cedars of Avalon (2001) with Larry Coryell
  • Alternate Side (2001) With Tim Ries
  • Deja Vu (2001) With Archie Shepp
  • Waltz for Debbie (2002) With David Hazeltine
  • Wurd on the Skreet (2002) With Donald Brown
  • Line on Love (2003) With Marty Ehrlich
  • Little Song (2003) With Sheila Jordan
  • Strings (2003) With Jim Snidero
  • French Ballads (2003) With Archie Shepp
  • Dream Dancing (2004) With Steve Kuhn
  • Close Up (2004) With Jim Snidero
  • Sight to Sound (2004) With Walt Weiskopf
  • Manhattan (2006) David Hazeltine/George Mraz Trio
  • Nights of Key Largo (2008) With Tessa Souter
  • Moon River (2008) With Nicki Parrott
  • Offering (2008) With Larry Willis
  • Once Upon a Melody (2008) With Javon Jackson
  • Art of Organizing (2009) With Dr. Lonnie Smith
  • Chick Corea Songbook (2009) With Manhattan Transfer
  • Mutual Admiration Society (2009) with Joe Locke/David Hazeltine
  • New Moon (2009) With Ron McLure
  • Mays at the Movies (2009) With Bill Mays
  • Crossfire (2009) With Jim Snidero
  • One Night at the Kitano (2009) With Jed Levy
  • Fly Me to the Moon (2009) With Nicki Parrott


  • Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford, 1999, p. 154.
  • Gary W. Kennedy, "Billy Drummond". Grove Dictionary of Jazz online.
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