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Billie Davies

Billie Davies is an American jazz drummer and composer best known for her free and avant-garde jazz compositions since the mid-1990s, and her improvisational drumming techniques. The music of BILLIE DAVIES trio and her other line-ups, moves on from the Jazz and Avant-garde world beyond Jazz with it's own very unique and truly improvisational jam style.

“Billie Davies ... plays her own music. Freedom and expression. These are the things that matter most to Billie Davies, who has used the drums for more than 40 years now. For Davies, seeking freedom is a purpose, a way of life. It stems from her days among bohemian communities in southern France, living in a DIY RV and playing music in the streets, where she shaped her chops early on, playing by herself or along manouche and blues musicians.” Noe Cugny - OffBeat Magazine

“All of my music is improvisational... a conversation between musicians and musical instruments. A joint emotional expression inspired by a certain common feeling, thought or perspective in an instinctual, unpredictable, freely expressed improvisation exploring authentic feelings and inspirations that is being communicated to an audience, a listener, a community.” - Billie Davies

“Billie Davies is a very accomplished free-jazz drummer. Born in Belgium, she now lives in New Orleans, having spent much of her life living peripatetically. Previous reviewers have made much of the self-taught nature of her drumming. I defy any listener to distinguish her playing from someone ‘schooled’ in jazz drumming. There is a vitality and fluidity in the way that she plays the drum kit and this is what I mean by the idea that her stories explain her drumming; she speaks through the drums to the other players on these dates, asking questions of them and replying with the fusion of styles that she has built up over her travels. ​” - Chris Baber, Jazz Views (Jun 30, 2016)

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“Power Players: Billie Davies Plays Her Own Music. Freedom and expression. These are the things that matter most to Billie Davies, who has used the drums as a means to express herself freely for more than 40 years now.” - Noé Cugny, OffBeat Magazine (Jun 27, 2018)

“Watch: Live Spontaneous Improvisation From Billie Davies Trio And Friends. The latest live performance video from the Billie Davies trio is an all-spontaneous improvisation with a piano, reeds, bass, drums and spoken word

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Discography

Perspectives II

Perspectives II

Self Produced
2018

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On Hollywood Boulevard

On Hollywood Boulevard

Self Produced
2016

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Hand In Hand In The Hand Of The Moon

Hand In Hand In The...

Cobra Basement
2015

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12 VOLT

12 VOLT

Cobra Basement
2013

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All About Love

All About Love

Self Produced
2012

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Art

Art

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Perspectives II

Palm Trees

Palm Trees

Billie Davies
On Hollywood Boulevard

The Girl In The Window

The Girl In The Window

Billie Davies
On Hollywood Boulevard

v. The Shark In The Hand

v. The Shark In The Hand

Billie Davies
Hand In Hand In The Hand Of The...

Meeting Manitas

Meeting Manitas

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