Billie Davies is a jazz drummer, composer and bandleader.
“Billie Davies is a very accomplished free-jazz drummer. Born in Belgium, she now
lives in New Orleans, having spent much of her life living peripatetically. Previous
reviewers have made much of the self-taught nature of her drumming. While this
is a feature of one of the stories in the press release, I defy any listener to
distinguish her playing from someone ‘schooled’ in jazz drumming. There is a
vitality and fluidity in the way that she plays the drum kit and this is what I mean
by the idea that her stories explain her drumming; she speaks through the drums
to the other players, asking questions of them and replying with the fusion of
styles that she has built up over her travels.” (Chris Baber, Jazz Views)
Her 2012 release of “all about Love” solidified her position as a professional jazz
musician. This recording of standards and original music, charted #1 in CMJ Jazz
College Radio Charts for ‘top jazz add’ in new albums and went on to stay in the
top 20 for 4 weeks. “all about Love” was also very well received in Canada where
the album ended up in the Top 10 on three different !Earshot Jazz charts.
In October, 2013 Billie released “12 VOLT” which garnered national and
international attention. CJ Bond, JAZZ MUSIC, wrote the following, “12 VOLT”
features exclusively original compositions of Billie Davies, revealing yet another
formidable creative talent in Davies' impressive artistic arsenal and adds the
crucial tyne of 'composer/arranger' to her sterling artistic fork, augmenting
fearless innovation. Jan Hocek of His Voice in Prague wrote:”Without hesitation -
HIGH VOLTAGE avant-garde JAZZ - one of the most remarkable trio albums of the
In 2013 Billie Davies received the "Jazz Artist of the Year" Award by the 23rd
Annual Los Angeles Music Awards.
In March of 2014 she moved to New Orleans where she has graced stages ever
since and where she recorded her album "Hand In Hand In The Hand Of The
Moon" which was released in New Orleans in October of 2015.
She received more national and international attention due to a player feature,
"BILLIE DAVIES '20 Years Stronger', published in Downbeat Magazine May 2016
The new album, "On Hollywood Boulevard", released 12/10/2016 became a
January 2017 Editor's Pick on DownBeat.com.
Many Articles and reviews have been written on her music from Prague to Belgium
to London to New York to San Jose.
“Drummer/composer Billie Davies’ latest stop in her musical journey is a fruitful
pairing of what she brought into New Orleans with what New Orleans brought to
her.” (S Victor Aaron, Something Else!)
My Jazz Story
LOUD AND CLEAR
It is my roots, answering, calling, and continuing the Mission of liberating the notes to be free and the sounds to be re-
invented, re-explored, so that others will hear and see and feel the ROOTS.
So that others may IDENTIFY with it. As I Do.
So that this extremely FREE, Heart Beating, Soul Searching, Mind Bending form of FINE ART through the medium of MUSIC...
be still here
after I am gone...
UNCONSTRAINED by color, race, gender, dogma, politics, fashion and trends and money.
LOUD AND CLEAR” (Billie Davies)