Billy Pod 'Quintessence'

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Last Show: Monday 8 th January 2024

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Billy Pod is an award-winning Greek drummer/musician based in London. His debut album "Drums to Heal Society" that was released in 2019 has not just given Vasileios Podaras (aka Billy Pod) a prominent position among the new generation of drummers internationally but also demonstrated his compelling skills as a composer and music ensemble director. His latest album entitled ‘Quintessence’ is a reflection on the intellectual nature of humanity in modern society. It was well received by press, media and audiences during his UK and European tour in 2023. Dynamic and lyrical contemporary jazz with haunting melodies and rich, complex moods.

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“An album full of beautifully lyrical harmonies in which to lose oneself”

Simply Jazz Talk, UK

Billy Pod has recorded more than 20 albums as a side-man/co-leader and has performed in festivals and venues in EU, USA and Asia. He started playing the drums at the age of 7 and then took lessons in classical piano and violin. 

His music style blends classical, rock and jazz influences from Radiohead, Jean Sibelius, Philip Glass to Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk.

In 2019 he was selected in the list of 'Top 10 new and upcoming drummers' by French ‘Βatterie’ magazine and he has performed at the Tribeca Performing Arts Centre in New York as a finalist of the Made In New York International Jazz Competition. 

He left Athens to relocate in London in 2020 and since then, he has already worked with a number of leading jazz artists in the London Jazz Scene: Jim Mullen, Dave O? Higgins, Rob Luft (BBC NGA recording session at Maida Vale Studios), Mornington Lockett, Misha- Mullov Abbado, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Gilad Atzmon among others.

His quartet features internationally emerging musicians with Tom Ollendorff on guitar, Rupert Cox on piano and Joe Downard on bass.

Band Line Up

Tom Ollendorff (guitar)

Rupert Cox (piano)

Joe Downard (bass)

Billy Pod (drums)