Billy Drummond

256 – Billy Drummond: Embracing the past, present and future of music

Billy Drummond grew up in a home filled with sounds from Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Buddy Rich and other Jazz drumming legends. Now Billy is filling the airwaves himself as one of the most prolific Jazz drummers in the world. Throughout his career Billy has played on over 300 records with luminaries too many to mention, nine records as leader and/or co-leader and currently teaches jazz drumming at The Juilliard School.

Billy Drummond talks about:

  • Growing up in a house filled with music
  • The influence of Carl Allen
  • Gigging in and around the Newport News, VA
  • Making the transition to NYC
  • Making the proper connections and advice how to do it
  • The changes in technology in music
  • Incorporating other styles/techniques/electronics into your playing
  • Embracing the changing landscape of the industry
  • Much more

Resources / Links / Mentioned

Billy Drummond Plays:

  • Gretsch Drums
  • Zildjian Cymbals
  • Vic Firth Drumsticks

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4 replies
  1. ebs
    ebs says:

    that question regarding julliard sounded quite disrespectful. basically disguising the question: “did you decide to start teaching due to age or lack of gigs?” Billy is an older musician and deserves reverence!! and his answer is so wise and considerate towards how you live your life.

    • Nick
      Nick says:


      That wasn’t my intention at all. I wasn’t disguising the question either. I simply know that the landscape of the NYC Jazz scene has changed tremendously over the year and I wanted to know if/how impacted Billy. Plus, I’ve heard from a lot of people that after a while they’d rather stay home with family rather than tour all the time so I wanted to know of that was part of the decision as well. I have the utmost respect for Billy and all of my guests and would never knowingly disrespect them.

  2. diego voglino
    diego voglino says:

    Hi Ebs, with all due respect, i think you are unfairly projecting a negative connotation in respects to the question Nick asked.
    It’s a fairly innocuous and very relevant question.
    I think Nick framed it carefully and Billy did not seem to take it the wrong way, and answered it gracefully.

    Take care,


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