Billy Drewes has been creating music, composing, performing and recording since the mid 1970s. His main instruments include soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, clarinets, flutes, drums, percussion and piano. Featured on over 150 CDs with performance credits worldwide, he continually searches out new avenues for creative expression.
Billy shares the stage with Joe Lavano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian and Tonincho Horta at the venues from Egypt to Cuba, Israel to Africa, New York's Carnegie Hall to Albert Royal Hall in London.
In addition to his love of performing, he takes great interest in the education of college and high school students. Teaching music as a total art form. Billy participates in clinics and seminars around the world with the goal of extracting from gifted students their hidden talents for musical improvisation and composition.
It was clear at the early growth of Billy's musical career that his serious commitment to music could be manifested in the form of improvisation compositionally and while/when? performing. His creative imagery has been a huge part of the many concerts, recordings and multimedia projects throughout his career.
Billy Drewes was born on Long Island, New York in 1952. After a wonderful period of development in his years, he moved to Boston in 1970 where new areas of musical possibilities were defined. His intense involvement with many different avenues of music molded him into the creative artist he is today. While in Boston he worked with Tony Bennett, The Boston Symphony and Gary Burton. He also lead a number of his own bands.