Billy Townes Concert in NYC (On-Demand Streaming)
Time & Location
About the Event
Yardbird Entertainment Concert Series presents Shade Records Recording Artist Billy Townes all the way from Texas performing contemporary jazz, recorded in Soho, NYC. Watch this on-demand stream by purchasing a virtual admission pass. A link and password will be sent to you via email.
Available for streaming between July 23 - August 23.
Recorded at Producer Plug in Soho, NYC.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Billy Townes Quartet
Alto - Nef Milian
Piano - Billy Townes
Bass - Tom DiCarlo
Drums - Andrew Swift
Billy Townes Bio:
Born in New York City, Townes’ earliest experiences with the piano came from his music teacher mother when he was still a toddler in Okinawa, Japan, where his father was stationed in the army. The family settled in El Paso, Texas in 1971, and soon after that, Townes began formal classical training on his primary instrument while also learning drums and, later, marching in his high school band. Townes' initial exposure to jazz as a teenager transformed his life instantly. Townes took his artistry to another level and became a nationally recognized jazz artist with Sun City at Night, his first recording with the current core Modern Session lineup, which along with Foster also included Demetrius Williams and Marty Olivas.
Founding his own label Shade Records in 1997 marked a turning point in Townes’ career, as he blazed a trail that many independent pop and jazz artists would follow when digital downloading became the standard in the 2000s.
Through the 2000s, Townes shifted his artistry to another level by producing the media that he so loved since childhood...films. Since 2002 he has directed/produced/scored 3 independent feature films and 2 short films that have earned accolades for their technical, sonic, and visual features.
While Townes remained busy with his label and studio, he continued to add to his discography with the similarly well-received album Embrace - his 1999 release which reflected a more organic and jazzy, live approach over electronic sampling and scored several hits on regional radio stations; he continued, after the well- received retrospective The Billy Townes Collection, to explore exciting new territories with each subsequent release - from Everyday Life in 2004 through Alchemy in 2012.
For his latest album project, Townes states: “For those who want to hear what I have been up to musically, the title says it all – This is What I Said! I’m very happy with the compositions and production and think this is my most accomplished outing yet. No matter how many years I’ve been playing and recording, everyone wants to tell you what they want you to do – but with this album, I’m telling them, “This is what I am saying,” and I hope you like it.”
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