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In an extraordinary career spanning nearly 40 years, drummer Billy Mintz has played with some of the biggest names in the jazz and pop worlds.

Mr. Mintz was born in Queens, New York in 1947. By the age of 15 he was firmly entrenched in several of the show bands of the Catskill Mountain resorts, and as his musicianship developed he would eventually tour with jazz artists such as Lee Konitz, Eddie Daniels, Harold Danko, Mike Garson, Mose Allison, Mark Murphy, and the Kim Richmond Sextet. He also toured and recorded extensively with Bobby Shew.

At the same time, his credentials grew in the pop arena, leading to tours with Juliette Prowse, James Darren, Gloria Gaynor, and a stint with the show band for the Merv Griffin Show.

In 1986, Mr

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberta Piket: Domestic Harmony: Piket Plays Mintz

Read "Domestic Harmony: Piket Plays Mintz" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Roberta Piket was subbing in trombonist Joey Sellers' band in 1998 when she first met drummer Billy Mintz. In an All About Jazz interview, in 2011 with Victor Schermer, Piket said of that first encounter: “I noticed Billy, because the room was very dark, and yet he was wearing sunglasses; he seemed very strange. But ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Russ Lossing Trio: The Ways

Read "The Ways" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Russ Lossing Trio should record more. Ways, which follows the excellent Oracle (hatOLOGY, 2011), is just the second recording this longstanding trio has released. More music from them would allow fans to study the development of the chemistry between Lossing, bassist Masa Kamaguchi, and drummer Billy Mintz. The instantaneous telepathy between piano, bass, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Roberta Piket Showcases The Composing Talents Of Husband/Collaborator Billy Mintz On "Domestic Harmony: Picket Plays Mintz," Due Dec. 6

Pianist Roberta Piket Showcases The Composing Talents Of Husband/Collaborator Billy Mintz On "Domestic Harmony: Picket Plays Mintz," Due Dec. 6

Pianist Roberta Piket presents a truly intimate musical offering with the December 6 release of Domestic Harmony: Piket Plays Mintz on her own Thirteenth Note Records. A solo piano performance (her third, following 2012’s Solo and 2015’s Solo Volume 2), the album assays ten intriguing compositions by Billy Mintz, the highly regarded drummer who regularly collaborates ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman: Time Gone Out

Read "Time Gone Out" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In a partnership that spans decades, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman have forged a musical language that essentially obliterates the idiomatic distinctions between classical composition and improvised jazz. Both are unquestioned virtuosos, with the technical ability to do virtually anything on their respective instruments, and this is critical to their ability to create music ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More

Read "Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Sometimes a recording catches you by surprise. Such is the case with Swedish bassist Thomas Markusson's Open. Only one of the musicians was familiar, the pianist Naoko Sakata who moved from Japan to Sweden where she could play the kind of music that wasn't popular in Japan. Sakata definitely found the right company. Markusson is a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz

Read "Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent doesn't just “dig" jazz. He has a deep and enduring passion for it. Growing up in mid- 20th-century New Zealand, he quickly went beyond piano lessons to reading musical scores and learning jazz standards. Then, when the Dave Brubeck Quartet came to his relatively isolated hometown of Auckland, his love ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Alan Broadbent Trio at the Deer Head Inn

Read "Alan Broadbent Trio at the Deer Head Inn" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Alan Broadbent Trio Deer Head Inn Delaware Water Gap, PA August 11, 2018 Believe you me, it wasn't by choice that I hadn't been to the Dear Head Inn in a few years to take in some great jazz in its secluded setting on a wooded hill ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio

Read "West Coast Trio" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This album brings together New York-based pianist Roberta Piket with two outstanding musicians from the Los Angeles area: bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz and drummer Joe La Barbera. Hence the title “Roberta Piket: West Coast Trio." To spice things up, Piket brought along her long-time cohort Billy Mintz on percussion on one track, and special guest guitarist Larry ...

Ugly Beautiful

Label: Thirteenth Note Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: CD1: Angels; Vietnam; Dit; Flight; Flight (Ballad); Cannonball; Smear; Dit (alternate take); Umba. CD2: Tumba; Dirge; Love And Beauty; Ugly Beautiful; Relent; Retribution; After Retribution; Cannonball (extended).


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