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Billy Test
Billy (* 1989 in Pennsylvania) is an emerging, award-winning New York City based pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Billy graduated summa cum laude from William Paterson University in 2011 with a dual degree in jazz and classical piano performance; winning the first concerto competition in the university's history in 2011. Billy's teachers included Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, James Weidman, Armen Donelian and Gary Kirkpatrick. In May of 2015, Billy completed his masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where his teachers included Jim McNeely, Garry Dial, Phil Markowitz, Dave Liebman, Lisa Yui, and Marjean Olson. Billy has also studied with Jean-Michel Pilc, Frank Kimbrough, Sophia Rosoff, Marc Mommaas, and Fred Hersch.
Billy has performed with the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Miho Hazama, Dave Liebman, Joe Magnarelli, Rich Perry, Boris Kozlov, Ian Froman, Scott Robinson, Joel Frahm, Leon Parker, Ugonna Okegwo, Sheila Jordan, Tim Horner, Noah Preminger, Tony Moreno, Marc Mommas, Bill Goodwin, Steve LaSpina, Todd Coolman, Jay Leonhart, Adam Niewood, Billy Drummond, Jerry Bergonzi, Dennis Mackrel, Will Gallison, and Giacomo Gates, among others.
Billy is an in-demand blues musician as well, formerly performing with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jaimoe. Since 2018, he is a member of the WDR Big Band, Köln/Germany.
Billy is faculty member of the New York Jazz Workshop, Manhattan School of Music, and Manhattan School of Music Precollege and maintains an in-demand studio for private instruction. He has been a guest clinician and educator at Slippery Rock University, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and the Penn State Summer Music Academy, as well as a clinician and adjudicator for many competitions.
homepage: www.billytest.com
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Blue Soul
Strikezone Records 8820
recorded March 2019 in Köln/Germany
Dave Stryker, guitar
WDR Big Band, c/ by Bob Mintzer
Bob Mintzer, tenor sax
Wim Both, trumpet
Rob Bruynen, trumpet
Andy Haderer, trumpet
Ruud Breuls, trumpet
Ludwig Nuss, trombone
Raphael Klemm, trombone
Andy Hunter, trombone
Mattis Cederberg, bass trombone
Johan Horlen, alto sax
Karolina StrassMayer, alto sax
Olivier Peters, Tenor sax
Paul Heller, tenor sax
Jens Neufang, baritone sax
Billy Test, piano, organ
John Goldsby, bass
Hans Dekker, drums

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MP3 "Trouble Man", from the album "Blue Soul"
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