Billy Brooks (percussionist)

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Billy Lewis Brooks (* 1943 ) is an American jazz percussionist.

Brooks came to Europe in 1964. In the early 1970s he founded the group El Babaku in Berlin (including bassist Bert Thompson ), with whom he recorded the LP El Babaku - Live at the Jazz Gallery . He recorded two albums with Fritz Pauer : Fritz Pauer - Live at the Jazz Gallery (with Jimmy Woode ) and Water Plants . He also worked with the Slide Hampton / Joe Haider Orchestra and musicians such as Tete Montoliu , Benny Bailey , Miriam Klein , Nathan Davis , Dusko Goykovich , Philip Catherine and Ximo Tebar .

From 1972 to 2008 Brooks taught percussion at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern. Here, as a teacher, he shaped more than a generation of jazz musicians. a. Ernst Bier , Bernhard Gedrat , Tobias Friedli , Lukas Bitterlin , Margrit Rieben , Simon Fankhauser , Daniel Aebi , Hermann Buhler , Cyrill Lützelschwab , Stéphane Borel , Dominik Alig , Ueli Müller and Kevin Chesham count. He was also active in Andy Scherrer's trio .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Andrew Wright Hurley The Return of Jazz: Joachim-Ernst Berendt and West German Cultural Change Berghahn Books 2011, p. 206