Billy Cobham

The legendary Billy Cobham, with his matchless, dazzling, ambidextrous skills as a drummer, has applied the same insistent fervor to his long list of monumental achievements. He’s an accomplished composer and record producer.

It is a rarely known fact that he was at the forefront of the electronic music industry and it’s development through Jazz. He was one of the first percussionists, along with Max Roach and Tony

Williams to utilize the Electronic Drum Controller made in 1968 by the Meazzi Drum Company in Milano, Italy while on concert tour with Horace Silver in Europe. He is one of the few Percussionists, specializing in the Jazz drum set to lead his own band. The award winning Cobham has custom designed trend setting acoustic and electronic drum sets and has endorsed products that he created and refined.

He has performed on hundreds of records with his own groups and with some of the music’s most luminary artists, and his trademark - biggest, fastest, explosive drumming - has energized the international stages of concerts, symphonies, big bands, Broadway, festivals, television and video. He has been a teacher of his artistry, giving drum clinics, conducting workshops and symposiums throughout the world. His stylistic influence, which has literally created a category of music, is an outstanding part of the history of modern music.

Since 1980 Billy Cobham has been dividing his time between his home in Zurich and the United States where he lived in New York City and northern California until that time, underscoring his unique internationally influenced origins as a musician. Born 5/16/44 in Panama, surrounded by talented parents and a brother, Wayne (producer, horn player, midi specialist, writer), Billy’s love for drums was kindled by his cousins who played and constructed steel drums and congas in Panama. Some of his earliest memories are of himself playing Timbales.

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December 09, 2011

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November 11, 2011

Billy Cobham Announces Online Drum School

July 26, 2010

IN + OUT RECORDS Announces Exclusive U.S. National Distribution Through...

December 14, 2009

World Renowned Drummer, Billy Cobham-New Album Release January 2010

October 27, 2009

Billy Cobham New Release "Palindrome" in 2010

August 17, 2008

Billy Cobham's Spectrum Band at the Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Labor...

September 16, 2007

Drummer Billy Cobham Interviewed at AAJ

February 06, 2007

Bloomberg Radio with Jan Hammer, Billy Cobham and Mahavishnu Book...

October 06, 2004

Percussionists Billy Cobham and Francisco Aguabella Bring the Language...

September 30, 2004

Billy Cobham Conducts Clinic Crafters Master Class at Birdland October...

September 23, 2004

Billy Cobham's Culture Mix At The Iridium Jazz Club Oct. 12-17

September 04, 2004

Enter to win a ticket to Billy Cobham's Master Workshop at Birdland

January 27, 2004

Billy Cobham's Art Of 5 At The Iridium Jazz Club Feb. 3-8

March 16, 2002

Billy Cobham Tours U.S. for First Time in Ten Years

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Billy Cobham
Tralf
Buffalo, NY
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Billy Cobham, Randy Brecker
Tralf Music Hall
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Billy Cobham
Jazz Cafe
London, UK
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Billy Cobham
Jazz Cafe
London, UK

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