Billie Davies

Billie Davies

Instrument: Drums | Location: New Orleans

There is a vitality and fluidity in the way that she plays the drum kit...; she speaks through the drums to the other players, asking questions of them and replying with the fusion of styles that she has built up over her travels.
—Chris Baber

Updated: October 17, 2020

Born: December 10, 1955

“Billie Davies is an accomplished free-jazz drummer. Born in Belgium, she now lives in New Orleans, having spent much of her life living peripatetically. The press release and liner notes of this CD are full of stories and these provide both an introduction and, I think, an explanation of her playing. Previous reviewers have made much of the self-taught nature of her drumming. While this is a feature of one of the stories in the press release, 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, 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)

By 1977 Billie was working in the Private Night Club sector as a DJ in Cologne, Germany. That set the stage for a successful DJ career in Belgium a few years later, she remembers “Les Cinq Anneaux” where she packed the house every weekend. She became one of the top DJs in demand in Private Night Clubs, Disco Clubs and Bars.

Aged 25 Davies started the transition to become a professional musician.

She played and performed all over Europe, in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece for the next 7 years

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Billie Davies has been nominated “Best Drummer” for the Best Of The Beat Awards 2019. The OffBeat Music and Cultural Arts Foundation’s Best of the Beat Nominations are in. We solicited nominations from musicians and many others in the music community. We then gave the results to our writers and editors and with input from both, determined the nominations in each category. Click here to vote! The public starts voting on December 26 at OffBeat.com and voting ends on January 15. Winners will be announced at the Best of the Beat, which will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Market on Thursday January 30

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Whadeva 3

Whadeva 3

Billie Davies
Whadeva (Live at Dangerous Art...

Art

Art

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Perspectives II

Palm Trees

Palm Trees

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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

Billie Davies
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