A band with an award winning sound that brings you an Upbeat, Electrifying, New, Modern Jazz music created in New Orleans. Whether your event is a fine art museum opening, a private party, a festival or whether you need a band for your jazz club, you found the music.
"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!)
Billie Davies brings you
BILLIE DAVIES Feat. IRIS P
'A Nu Experience in New Orleans!'
Billie Davies is an American female jazz drummer and composer best known for her Free jazz, Avant-jazz and Nu-jazz compositions as well as her improvisational drumming techniques which she has performed in Europe and in the US.
Her 2012 release of “all about Love” solidified her position as a professional jazz musician. This CD of standards and original music, charted #1 in CMJ Jazz College Radio Charts for 'top jazz add' in new albums and stayed in the top 20 for 4 weeks. “all about Love” was very well received in Canada where the CD ended up in the Top 10 on 3 different !Earshot Jazz charts.
In 2013 Billie released “12 VOLT” which garnered national and international attention. CJ Bond, JAZZ MUSIC, wrote, “12 VOLT” features exclusively original compositions of Billie Davies, revealing yet another formidable creative talent in Davies' impressive artistic arsenal and adds the crucial tyne of 'composer/arranger' to her sterling artistic fork, augmenting fearless innovation. Jan Hocek of His Voice in Prague wrote:”Without hesitation - one of the most remarkable trio albums of the year!
In 2013 Billie Davies received the "Jazz Artist of the Year" Award by the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards.
In March of 2014 she moved to New Orleans where she has graced stages ever since and recorded her latest published album "Hand In Hand In The Hand Of The Moon" which was released in New Orleans in October of 2015.
She received more national and international attention due to a player feature, "BILLIE DAVIES '20 Years Stronger', published in Downbeat Magazine May 2016 edition.
Many Articles and reviews have been written on her music from Prague to Belgium to London to New York to San Jose.
A Nu Experience, “On Hollywood Boulevard”.
IRIS P, Vocals.
A New Orleans native, IRIS P performed from a very young age in orchestra concerts and a host of plays, but most of all enjoyed singing with her siblings @ Jesus Unity Church in New Orleans organized by her mother, the late Marilyn J. Etienne, also known as LADY GOSPEL, who was an extremely well known singer locally and nationally.
In 2010 IRIS P started her mission to "save the world" by performing her original songs written from her extravagant poetry debuting a plethora of songs from her Underground EP "I Got Issues". IRIS has recently been performing all over New Orleans including at Blue Nile, Peaches Records, Dragon's Den, Berthas on Basin St, Perfect Fit, Basin Street Lounge, House of Blues ,Social House, Red Velvet, Le'Roux and Club Caribbean. She shows style like no-other with Jazz Melodies when she played "Billie Holiday" in "Dryades Street Divas Review" in the summer of 2014. She won "Nola's Hottest Female Vocalist In October of 2014" at the Nola Hip Hop Awards, and just last year IRIS P. headlined at the New Orleans House of Blues.
Evan Oberla, el. Keys/Synth and Trombone.
Evan is a diverse and active musician based in New Orleans, LA. Besides playing all over the city in many different groups, he is the trombonist for Allen Stone, O.A.R., and most recently, Elle King. He also leads his own band from Columbus, called EOP, with one EP out, 'Here', a recording project in New Orleans called The Most Infamous, and a new instrumental group named The Warheadz.
A few of the artists he has been blessed to share the stage with include Wyclef Jean, Eric Krasno, Phillip Phillips, Spoon, Rashawn Ross, Jeff Coffin, Andrew McMahon, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, DJ Logic, Mary Wilson, Kelley James, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, The Beethoven Found Philharmonic Orchestra, Soja, Cris Cab, Mike Dillon, and Walk the Moon, Mike Dillon among others. He has opened for national acts including Dave Matthews Band, Trombone Shorty, and the Dynamites feat. Charles Walker.
Oliver Watkinson, el. Bass.
Oliver began studying music at the age of five. He attended college in Boston at the New England Conservatory, where he had the opportunity to study upright jazz bass and perform with greats such as Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Jason Moran, Cecil McBee, and many more. In 2014, Oliver moved to New Orleans and began performing with BILLIE DAVIES, Gandhi Castle, Laelume, and various street bands. He has taught and performed all over the United States, as well as Central America and Canada.
Billie Davies on electronic Drums.
For more information about Billie Davies, please visit her website.