EFG London Jazz Festival 2023

Billy Drummond Trio

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Last Show: Saturday 11 th November 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Acclaimed by Downbeat as “one of the hippest bandleaders now at work,” Billy Drummond’s powerful and highly musical playing has been a dream come true for countless bandleaders over the past four decades, including Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, J J Johnson and Sonny Rollins. Heralded by the New York Times as a purveyor of “fertile, exciting music,” he appears on over 350 albums as a sideman and four as a leader, including his latest, Valse Sinistre (Cellar Live), a Downbeat Best Album of the Year, a Jazzwise Editor’s Choice, and # 3 on JazzTimes Top Albums of 2022. Also a highly respected educator he is professor of jazz drums at Juilliard and NYU in New York.

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“The sound of a musician fully engaged, hearing and reacting to everything happening around him.”


Born in Newport News, Virginia, where he grew up listening to his father’s extensive jazz record collection, Drummond was leading his own bands from the age of eight, and teaching adults from the age of just 14, before going on to study classical percussion at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. In the late 1980s, he was encouraged by Al Foster to move to New York, where he was almost immediately recruited to the young band Out of the Blue (OTB), recording Spiral Staircase for Blue Note Records. When OTB disbanded, Billy joined Horace Silver’s Sextet, simultaneously starting life-long associations with Buster Williams and Bobby Hutcherson, and  subsequently joining J J Johnson’s band, followed by a three-year stint touring with Sonny Rollins.

Since then, Drummond has performed and recorded with many of the world’s jazz greats, including Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Buster Williams, Steve Kuhn, JJ Johnson, Sonny Rollins, Charles Tolliver, Nat Adderley, Charles McPherson, Eddie Henderson, James Moody, Sheila Jordan, Andrew Hill, Ron Carter, Carla Bley, Eddie Gomez, Larry Willis, Hank Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Konitz, Stanley Cowell, Archie Shepp, Joe Lovano, Javon Jackson, Chris Potter, Eric Reed, Ralph Moore, Vincent Herring, Franco Ambrosetti (Italy), Karin Krog (Norway), Sadao Wantanabe (Japan), Toots Thielemans (Belgium), Barney Wilen (France), Laurent DeWilde (France), Jan Lundgren (Sweden), and Michel LeGrand (France).

Band Lineup

Billy Drummond (drums)

Micah Thomas (piano)

John Hebert (bass)