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Billy Drummond, Drummer
Critically acclaimed drummer Billy Drummond joined NJMH for our landmark oral history series, Harlem Speaks. Drummond first came to international prominence with the bands of Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson and Sonny Rollins, with whom he spent three formative years. Now one of the busiest players of his generation, Drummond can be heard on nearly 300 albums, including three critically acclaimed recordings as a band leader, one of which - cult hit Dubai (Criss Cross) - was named Number 1 Best Jazz CD that year by the New York Times. A serious student of the drums as well as an exemplary musician, Billy Drummond leads his own band Freedom of Ideas in New York. It was an informative and enjoyable evening.