Billie Davies Press, Reviews & Interviews
Albums... On Hollywood Boulevard | Hand In Hand In The Hand Of The Moon | 12 VOLT | all about Love.
Articles... JAZZ VIEWS | SKOPE | Bandwidth Daily | DOWNBEAT | JAZZ'HALO | 2013 LAMA Jazz Artist Award |
Some Radio... Route 66 - WRUW Cleveland | The Jack Price Radio Show
On Hollywood Boulevard
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|"As a bandleader, Davies delivers an ambitious program that incorporates r&b-flavored vocals, propulsive bass lines, drum patterns with a swing feel, occasionally blues-tinged keyboard work, growling trombone, epic prog-rock synthesizer washes and brief bouts of hip-hop turntableism, all tied together with an improviser's approach." Bobby Reed - DownBeat Magazine
"Clearly Billie Davies and A Nu Experience are a class act, one full of bold inventive and inspired interplay. Let us hope "On Hollywood Boulevard" won't be their only project together, and that there will be more adventurous music to come." Sacha O'Grady - All About Jazz
01/17 DownBeat Editor's Pick!
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About "On Hollywood Boulevard"
|BILLIE DAVIES - Take Five No: 25|
Jazz Views Take Five with Billie Davies
Published February 2, 2017
TAKE FIVE is a series of 'interviews' where all participants take the same five questions.
"Can you tell us about your new album?
Since recording, releasing and performing "Hand In Hand In The Hand Of The Moon" as an ode to the work of my dearest friend, Belgian artist Serge Vandercam (1924 – 2005), and performing with Billie & The Bad Boyzzzz and the Billie Davies Trio in 2015- 2016 it slowly became time for my new album project “On Hollywood Boulevard”, for which I wrote the melodies and lyrics, to become a reality. “On Hollywood Boulevard” was born while I lived at 6533 Hollywood Blvd. at The Historic Hillview Hollywood in Hollywood, Los Angeles..." Read More
|BILLIE DAVIES SAYS JAZZ EQUALS FREEDOM IN ALL OF ITS FORM AND EXPRESSIONS|
Skope Magazine Interviews Billie Davies
Published December 19, 2016
Jazz enthusiast Billie Davies, came to the streets that is Hollywood, particularly Hollywood Boulevard, where she constructed her all new album “On Hollywood Boulevard”. Through the years, living there and going elsewhere, in which time, she says it’s about life, her life, as well as the lives in general, and how the media, it having such a big influence on our lives, through the means of TV, movies, magazines, music, and stars, of course. She then went on to experience, what can be said and seen within those streets, that it can be found upon this release, which she discusses dearly. Read More
Bandwidth Daily Interviews Billie Davies
Published June 23, 2016
Bandwidth Daily Featured Story
"My very first proud moment came at a crossroads in my musical career, while living and playing and performing with Claude Mazet in the South of France (Montpellier, Toulouse, Biarritz, La Rochelle), I ended up receiving a talent grant from Max Roach to come study at Berklee College of Music, this was after he heard the tape I had sent him that I laid down with a bass player in Montpellier, France. I was however having too much fun in the south of France, living the life of a gypsy jazz musician and therefore decided not to take the offer. ..." Read More
BILLIE DAVIES '20 Years Stronger'|
From Down Beat magazine, the monthly "bible" of jazz, blues, and roots music.
May 2016 issue.
Article written by Jennifer Odell.
Billie Davies, a Belgium-born drummer whose career path has been as avant-garde as her music, had an existential crisis of sorts before she returned to drumming full-time in 2009. She’d been working in Northern California as an art dealer—one of many hats that have ranged from DJ to gypsy musician to information architecture IT specialist—when it occurred to her she wasn’t sure who she was anymore. Distraught, she picked up the phone and called Serge Vandercam (1924–2005), a Danish visual artist with whom she’d bonded, for advice.
“I just go, ‘Who am I?’” Davies recalled, her voice cracking as if stuck halfway between the onset of laughter or tears. Vandercam’s reply was terse: “You’re an artist. Get on with it. Stop whining.” She took it in stride. “ That was such a reinforcement for me,” she explained. “And then a full moon ended up coming and he goes, ‘Come on, Billie. I’ll paint; you play the drums.’”
Read the entire article online: DownBeat Magazine Digital Publication
Hand In Hand In The Hand Of The Moon
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Although a one take "live" recording which took place in New Orleans on April 24, 2015, the resulting tracks are of excellent studio quality. This entirely improvised, yet painstakingly cerebral session yields some near telepathic ensemble playing, and maintains the listener's attention, not least on account of Davies' deft and sensitively imaginative percussive technique. Roger Farbey, All About Jazz
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!
JAZZ`HALO READ FULL INTERVIEW on Jazz`halo from Belgium
Billie G. Davies: "A natural talent, a tonal painter of sounds"
Born in Brugge in 1955, Billie Goegebeur discovered drums thanks to her grandfather Maurice Clybouw. First she played throughout Europe. In 1986, she moved to the US, where she played with Leroy Vinegar (the bass player who recorded with Shelly Manne, Chico Hamilton and Sonny Rollins) or with John Handy (he is well known for his record 'Live at the Monterey Festival' with Mike White on violin) and she could record several albums: 'Cobra Basemento', 'Dreams', 'All about Love', '12 Volt'. Now she has a new project: ''Hand In Hand In The Hand Of The Moon'' with her Billie Davies Ensemble. In 2013, All about Jazz said: "Billie Davies is mostly an autodidact whose natural talent, explorative spirit and multifaceted experiences have led to an innovative approach to jazz." The American critic S.V. Aaron adds: "When listening to Davies play, it's easier to think of her not as a drummer but a tonal painter". A real talent to discover. Interview by Claude Loxhay
|12 VOLT READ REVIEWS - Hear Music Excerpts
"BILLIE DAVIES - 12 VOLT : HIGH VOLTAGE avant-garde JAZZ.
Without hesitation - one of the most remarkable trio albums of the year!" Jan Hocek - his VOICE
"The bohemian beatnik drum stylings of Billie Davies reverb from cymbal to kick drum with the intuitive jazzy drifts of a true drumming savant."
- Stephanie Reisnour - TOM TOM Magazine - New York.
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LAMA "Jazz Artist Of The Year" 2013 Award
BILLIE DAVIES is a recipient of the
2013 23rd Annual
Los Angeles Music Awards
"JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR"
Billie Davies Nominated Jazz Artist of the Year by LAMA, the 23rd Annual L.A. Music Awards. PR.com. 09/13.
Billie Davies Nominated For Jazz Artist 2013. DRUM!. DrumMagazine.com.
Billie Davies Nominated Jazz Artist of the Year by LAMA, the 23rd Annual L.A. Music Awards. Celebrity Balla.
La baterista de jazz Billie Davies ha sido nominada como Artista de Jazz del Año 2013 por los Premios de la Música de Los Ángeles. Bateria & Percusion Magazine.
The 23rd annual Los Angeles Music Awards has nominated Billie Davies Jazz Artist of the Year for 2013. Daily BBC Record London.
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all about Love. READ REVIEWS - Hear Music Excerpts
“The term slow burn has been used to describe sensuality in music for decades. Billie Davies Trio is just that, a slow burn of improvisational ideas, coupled with complex rhythms and harmonic colors. Take the opening track “Stella by Starlight” a well-known standard that has been well-documented, but when in the hands of this apt trio it becomes like a firework show that bursts with originality. ” Geannine Reid - Jazz Times
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JAZZ CHARTS: for "all about Love.", The Billie Davies Trio (Billie Davies, Tom Bone Ralls, Oliver Steinberg)
#5 Earshot Jazz National Jazz Charts w/e 09/25, 2012.
#2 !Earshot Jazz CJSW 90.9 MHz - Calgary Jazz w/e 09/25, 2012.
#8 !Earshot Jazz CJSR 88.5MHz - Edmonton Jazz w/e 11/20, 2012.
CMJ Top 40 JAZZ:
#1 CMJ Top Jazz Adds CMJ issue #1262 - 08/23, 2012.
#28 CMJ Top 40 Jazz Chart issue #1263 - 08/29, 2012.
#14 CMJ Top 40 Jazz Chart issue #1264 - 09/06, 2012.
#14 CMJ Top 40 Jazz Chart issue #1265 - 09/13, 2012.
#20 CMJ Top 40 Jazz Chart issue #1265 - 09/20, 2012.