Billie Davies

Instrument: Drums | Location: New Orleans

Born: December 10, 1955

Billie Davies is an American female jazz drummer and composer best known for her Avant-garde and Avant-garde Jazz compositions since the mid-1990s, and her improvisational drumming techniques.

“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 this 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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“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. It was filmed at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and is the second evolution of Davies’ PERSPECTIVES.” - OffBeat Staff, OffBeat Magazine (Feb 16, 2018)

“Billie Davies and her team of jazztronauts lace together a bitter sweet story of adventure on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams that is as much dripping in nostalgia as it is taking the listener to new auditory places never before visited- all while wrapping you up in it’s very sexy sound & style

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Date Time Detail Price
Jun1Fri 20:00
Billie Davies
Art Klub
New Orleans, LA