A native of Newport News Virginia, Billy Drummond began playing drums at the tender age of four. Billy's dad; a drummer as well, was a big influence and helped him develop his taste for jazz music. Billy was inspired early on by the music of Miles Davis, Max Roach, and Art Blakey to name a few. Throughout his youth, Billy played in many local and school bands and studied various styles of music and honing his craft. Billy earned a degree in music performance in college and soon after relocated to New York City to begin his career in earnest. Playing on the N.Y.C. jazz circuit, Billy hooked-up with the band "Out of the Blue" with whom he recorded an album for Blue Note Records. He then later toured frequently with Horace Silver's Sextet. Over the past decade Billy has worked with many great jazz artists as a sideman extraordinaire. He has recorded with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, James Moody, Javon Jackson, Andrew Hill, Steve Kuhn, Chris Potters, Nat Adderley and J.J. Johnson.
Aside from being a much in demand sideman, Billy Drummond has also released his own independent recordings. Check out "Native Colors", "The Gift" and "Dubai" Also, check out Billy's playing on The Drummonds' release "When You Wish Upon a Star" In 1996, "Dubai" was voted #1 by New York Times Jazz critic Peter Waltrous. The album also recently received a four star review in Downbeat magazine. You may also catch Billy playing live around New York City with The Drummonds a trio featuring Renee Rosnes on Piano and Ray Drummond on Bass.