Billie Davies

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: December 10, 1955    

Billie Davies (born Billie Goegebeur, December 10, 1955 in Bruges) is an American female jazz drummer and composer best known for her Avant Garde and Avant-garde jazz compositions since the mid nineties, and her improvisational drumming techniques she has performed in Europe and on the US West Coast.

CAREER Billie Davies was born in Brugge, Belgium and mostly grew up on the Belgian Coast, Europe, at the North Sea. Her grandfather, Maurice Clybouw, was the first influence in her life to introduce her to the drums when Billie was about three years old. She has had a love relationship with rhythm and drums ever since. “Davies is mostly an autodidact whose natural talent, relentless, explorative spirit and multifaceted experiences have led to an innovative approach to jazz.” (Hryar Attarian) “With a background in Classical and Jazz and a lifetime of musical experiences in jams, performances, recordings and music production, the listener is treated to jazz inclinations within her ensembles that bristle with cutting-edge freshness.” (C.J. Bond) Billie has played Jazz, Avant-garde jazz, and Avant-Jazz with Leroy Vinnegar, John Handy, Joe Fuentes, Saul Kaye (on Cobra Basemento, Dreams), Michael Godwin (on Cobra Basemento, Dreams), Lee Elfenbein (on Dreams), Drew Waters, Pierre Swärd, Tom Bone Ralls (on all about Love.), Manny Silvera, Oliver Steinberg (on all about Love.), Daniel Coffeng (on 12 VOLT), Adam Levy (on 12 VOLT), Will Mack, et al. and had guest appearances all over the Northern West Coast. It is these experiences that have shaped Billie into the intuitive and inventive drummer she is today. Her playing style reminds us a lot of Billy Hart....
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Recipient of the 2013 23rd Annual LAMA (Los Angeles Music Awards) "JAZZ ARTIST" Award. L.A. Music Awards - "Jazz Artist of the Year" Certified Nominee 2013.
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    All About Love

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by Jan Hocek
December 5, 2013

She was born in Bruges, Belgium , eccentric , avant-garde jazz drummer - self-taught , relentless and explosive style of playing, jazz innovator , living in Los Angeles since 2009 only, she is this year's winner of the prestigious LA Music Awards in the category “Jazz Artist of the Year 2013” - BILLIE DAVIES ! This award helped her to the greatest degree with her last ( the fourth one ) album “ 12 VOLT ,” which was released on their own label Cobra Basement.

Billie Davies came to the United States when she was 32...

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Sonor Force Series Accoustic Drums with 9-ply CLTF Basswood Shells: 10"x9" Tom Tom, 12"x10" Tom Tom, 14"x14" Floor Tom, 20"x16" Bass Drum. Sonor Ascent Series 13" x 7" Beech Shell Snare Drum. Remo FiberSkyn 3 Powerstroke 3 Ambassador batter heads. Vintage Ambassador snare batter head. Sonor Martini SE with 9-ply Poplar Shells: 14'' x 12'' Bass Drum, 8'' x 8'' Tom Tom, 13'' x 10'' Floor Tom, 12'' x 5'' Steel Snare Drum. Remo FiberSkyn 3 Ambassador batter heads. Sabian Acoustic cymbals: 14" Hi-Hats, 10" Splash, 14" Thin Crash, 16" Thin Crash, 18" Medium Crash, 20" Ride, 20" Duo Ride, 18" China. Shure Microphones: SM-57 (Toms), Beta 56A (Snare), Beta 52A (Bass) Samson Microphones: CO2 Pencil Condenser (overheads) Yamaha DTX-550 Digital Drums with DTX-700 Drum Module with 3-zone PCY-135/PCY-155 Digital cymbals. Roland V-Drums PM-30 Digital Drum Monitor 200W, Class-D amplification. Vic Firth Peter Erskine Drumsticks. Vic Firth A7 & A8 Drumsticks.
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