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Billy Childs Quartet

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The Old Church
1422 S.W. 11th Avenue

May 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


Billy Childs is a multi-time Grammy® Award-winning pianist, arranger, producer and composer from Los Angeles. At the age of 16, he started attending USC’s prestigious Community School of the Performing Arts and began his performing career as a teenager with the J.J. Johnson Quintet. Subsequently, Childs spent six years as a key member of Freddie Hubbard’s group before embarking on a wildly successful solo career that has included dozens of commissions, grants, awards and countless accolades.  During the course of his career, Childs has performed and/or collaborated with Sting, Diane Reeves, Chick Corea, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti, Michael Bublé and more. Over the years, Childs has continued to develop his own voice as both a pianist and a composer in jazz and classical music. He will be touring in support of his newest album, Rebirth, to be released on March 24, 2017 on the Mack Avenue jazz imprint.

A first-class pianist deeply influenced by Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner, he’s an articulate improviser whose solos range from the tuneful to the tempestuous. He’s also a compelling composer whose jazz pieces can be melodic enough to be singable, but can also border on the explosive and the enigmatic…” – The Los Angeles Times