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Billy Drewes

alto sax, clarinet



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Billy Drewes has been creating music, composing, performing and recording since the mid 1970's. His main instruments include soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, clarinets, flutes, drums, percussion and piano. Featured on over 80 CD's with performance credits worldwide, he continually searches out new avenues for creative expression.

Recently he has been sharing the stage with artists Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian and Toninho Horta at 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 students their hidden talents for improvisation and composition.

It was clear from the early growth of this artists musical career that his serious commitment to music would be manifested in the form of improvisation, in both performance and compositional worlds. His creative imagery has been part of many concerts, recordings and multimedia projects throughout his career.

Billy Drewes was born in New York in 1952. After a wonderful period of development in his early years, he moved to Boston in 1970 where he earned his degree from Berklee College of Music and 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.

A big move back to New York City in 1975 propelled him into new musical acquaintances such as Kenny Werner, John Scofield and Joe Lovano. Upon arriving in New York, he immediately joined the bands of Lionel Hampton and Eddie Palmieri as well as other serious leaders. Soon after, he toured with Woody Herman doing concerts and clinics.

The creative energy of the late 70's was great for Billy and his wide circle of musical friends. This explosion of new ideas extended into the 80's at which time Billy joined Paul Motian's band. This band included Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell and toured Europe and the US, and recorded an album "PSALM" for ECM records. This period lead to a musical relationship with Lyle Mays (of Pat Metheny's Band) with whom Billy performed concerts and recorded albums. New and exciting projects were now becoming part of a daily groove for Billy. The eclectic range of work kept things fresh and uplifting.

Billy became involved with Brazilian and Indian Music, performed and recorded for dance troupes; Nikolais Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. In 1990 he joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. Billy wove classical music into a wide body of music that he composed and performed. He continued recording and touring with artists Herbie Hancock, Bill Frisell, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Toninho Horta, John Abercrombie, Fred Hersch and Peter Erskine.


Firehouse 12 Performances

Whirrr - The Music of Jimmy Giuffre Friday, October 23, 2009, 10:00p
8:30p


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