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Billy Childs Quartet
May 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm- $25 – $30
Billy Childs is a four-time Grammy® Award-winning pianist, arranger, producer and composer from Los Angeles who began his jazz career as a teenager in the JJ Johnson Quintet. Subsequently, Childs spent six years in Freddie Hubbard’s group before embarking on a wildly successful solo career that has produced 12 albums as bandleader, including several chart toppers for the Windham Hill label. During the course of his career, Childs has performed and/or collaborated with Sting, Dianne Reeves, Chick Corea, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé and more. Childs is also the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2013 Doris Duke Artist Award, and dozens of other awards and commissions. He is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first recording with JJ Johnson and is touring in support of his newest album, Rebirth, on Mack Avenue Records.
“A first-class pianist deeply influenced by Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner, he’s an articulate improviser whose solos range from the tuneful to the tempestuous. He’s also a compelling composer whose jazz pieces can be melodic enough to be singable, but can also border on the explosive and the enigmatic…” – The Los Angeles Times