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Jazz Faculty: Billy Drewes

Billy Drewes has been creating music, composing, performing and recording since the mid 1970's.  His main instruments include soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, clarinets, flutes, drums, percussion and piano.

Featured on over one hundred CD's, with performance credits worldwide, he continually searches out new avenues for creative expression.
   He shares the stage with Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian and Toninho Horta at venues from Egypt to Cuba, Israel to Africa, New York's Carnegie Hall to Albert Royal Hall in London.
 

Billy became involved with Brazilian and Indian Music, and performed and recorded for the dance troupes Nikolais Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.  In 1990 he joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.  Billy wove classical music into a wide body of music that he composed and performed.  He continues to record and tour with artists including Herbie Hancock, Bill Frisell, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Toninho Horta, John Abercrombie, Fred Hersch and Peter Erskine.