Billie Davies

HIGHLIGHTS “As with several aspects of the playing I was reminded much more of wide ranging mix of styles of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. There is total commitment to musical improvisation and, as is also the case with so much of her work, the resulting sound has such unity of purpose that it feels as if all the players must be working from charts rather than spontaneously creating the pieces.” Chris Baber for Jazz Views. While living and playing in the South of France in the early 1980's, Billie received a talent grant from Max Roach to study at Berklee College of Music. Her 2012 release of “all about Love” solidified her position as a professional jazz musician. This recording of standards and original music, charted #1 in CMJ Jazz College Radio Charts for ‘top jazz add’ in new albums and went on to stay in the top 20 for 4 weeks. Also well received in Canada, the album ended up in the Top 10 on three different !Earshot Jazz charts. In October, 2013 Billie released “12 VOLT” which garnered national and international attention. CJ Bond, JAZZ MUSIC, wrote, “12 VOLT” features exclusively original compositions of Billie Davies, and adds the crucial tyne of 'composer/arranger' to her sterling artistic fork, augmenting fearless innovation. Jan Hocek of His Voice in Prague wrote:”Without hesitation - HIGH VOLTAGE avant-garde JAZZ - one of the most remarkable trio albums of the year!” In 2013 Billie Davies received the “Jazz Artist of the Year” Award by the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards. In March of 2014 she moved to New Orleans where she has graced stages ever since and recorded 3 albums. She received more attention due to a player feature in Downbeat Magazine May 2016 edition, “BILLIE DAVIES '20 Years Stronger'”. “On Hollywood Boulevard”, her CD released in 12/10/2016 became a January 2017 Editor's Pick on DownBeat.com. December 2017 Billie Davies was nominated for “Best Contemporary Jazz Artist” in New Orleans by OffBeat Magazine. September 2018 She released “PERSPECTIVES II” by BILLIE DAVIES trio Featuring Ari Kohn, woodwinds, Iris P, vocals and Allie Porter, vocals.

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“The spiritual jazz tradition, as exemplified by John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, has been having a resurgence over the past few years in places like Los Angeles and Great Britain. Now here is evidence that some musicians in New Orleans are going down that path as well. Billie Davies is a drummer from Belgium who now lives and works in the Big Easy and this recording, available only in download form, captures a live performance of her trio, plus added guests, creating over an hour of heady, uplifting music. This is a loose, free-flowing concoction not quite like anything else out there

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Pharoah Sanders Pharoah Sanders
saxophone
Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman
saxophone, alto
Miles Davis Miles Davis
trumpet
Charlie Haden Charlie Haden
bass, acoustic
Sun Ra Sun Ra
keyboard
Max Roach Max Roach
drums

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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

Billie Davies
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

Billie Davies
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