Billy Carrion Jr started on the alto saxophone at 9 years old. Music of all kinds was always playing at Billy's home by his salsa singing father, who has an amazing career of his own. After being taught how to read, write, and make a sound out of the horn, Billy Jr took music into his own hands at age 14, when his high school band director opened the instrument closet and asked if Billy would play baritone sax for marching band because there were no bass instruments (tubas or anyone that played bass)... little did the band director know; it would start the chain reaction that has led Billy Jr to his budding career.
As a side man, Billy has been honored to perform and record with such legendary and upcoming musicians such as Eddie Palmieri
, Bach, Frank Zappa, any Ray Barretto album; the list is ongoing.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I can't remember that moment at all. But every time an instrument is in my hands I know in my heart and soul that music is what I was born to do.
Your sound and approach to music:
I really didn't listen to anyone on my instrument for sound; I just sat and played until it felt right. And thats kind of my approach to music; if it feels right, it is. I'm also sure that listening to all the different music sub-consciously helped with the development.
Your dream band:
I would love to work with anybody, anywhere, anytime. Not because I'm desperate or anything, but because I love being a spec in this ongoing and evolving universe we call music. But a dream band....Well, Jaco on bass, Giovanni Hildago on percussion, Keith Jarrett on keyboard/piano, and Elvin Jones