Art Lillard is a musician with many gifts. In each of his musical roles - drummer, composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator - he shares with us his unique and refreshing contribution to our musical culture.
He has been leading his own jazz big band, Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band, since 1987, playing in many New York area nightclubs and concert spaces. In 1995 he produced “First Flight,” a recording of this 16-piece band with vocals, featuring ten of his own compositions. The band’s first compact disc recording, “Reasons to be Thankful,” another vibrant compilation of originals, was released on the Summit Records label in 2006; a new recording is due to be released soon. The band's repertoire consists of standards and original compositions, with styles including bebop, Latin jazz, blues, and numbers which defy category altogether. Whatever the style, the music swings. The Heavenly Band enjoys a special relationship with Brooklyn’s Spoke the Hub Dancing, regularly providing live dance music for its community events.