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Billy Bang

Primary Instrument: Violin

Born: September 20, 1947 | Died: April 11, 2011    

Billy Bang

The violin is hardly the first instrument that comes to mind when you think about jazz, but that's never daunted Billy Bang, one of the instrument's most adventurous exponents. Over the past 26 years Bang's hard-edged tone, soulful sense of traditional swing and evocatively expressive style has enhanced over two dozen albums by top names in a variety of genres, from the blistering funk of Bootsy Collins and the harmolodic groove of Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society to the intergalactic uproar of Sun Ra. With more than 15 albums under his own leadership, nearly a dozen more in co-led endeavors, and five more with the String Trio of New York (which he co-founded in 1977 with guitarist James Emery and bassist John Lindberg), Billy Bang is one of the more prolific and original members of the progressive scene...
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  • Da Bang!

    TUM Records
    2013
  • Billy Bang's Survival Ensemble: Black Man’s Blues / New York Collage

    NoBusiness Records
    2011
  • History of Jazz in Reverse

    TUM Records
    2011
  • Billy Bang Bill Cole

    Victor
    2010
  • Prayer For Peace

    TUM Records
    2010
  • Above & Beyond: An Evening In Grand Rapids

    Justin Time Records
    2007
  • Vietnam: Reflections

    Justin Time Records
    2005
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