The Billy Marrows Band brings together Billy Marrows on guitar, Chris Williams (Led Bib, Let Spin) on alto sax, Huw V Williams (HON, Ivo Neame Quintet) on bass and Jay Davis (Big Bad Wolf, Alex Hitchcock Quintet) on drums to explore Billy’s unique, boundary-pushing compositions. The listener is drawn into a musical world of light and dark, chaos and calm, joy and mystery, where events don’t always unfold as you might expect.
With a broad spectrum of influences including Wayne Krantz, Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill and Django Bates, the Billy Marrows Band’s vibrantly melodic, groovy and expressive music explores the relationship between improvised and composed music, generating a fertile playground for these highly creative musicians. Their music incorporates grooves from across the globe and takes inspiration from many genres, including jazz, funk, avant-garde jazz and classical.
Billy Marrows is a guitarist and multi award-winning composer/arranger. He has recently toured the UK with the Tom Barford Group, Tom Ridout’s No Excuses Band and Patchwork Jazz Orchestra. Appearing on several albums, Billy was noted as ‘one to watch’ in the Jazzwise review of Tom Barford’s album ‘Bloomer’, released on Edition records in 2018. Billy has won the 2019 Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranger of the Year Award as well as both the small ensemble and big band category of the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition in 2016 and 2018 respectively. In 2018, Billy studied with Vince Mendoza at the Metropole Orkest Arrangers Workshop in Holland and his arrangement of Man in the Mirror was performed by the Metropole Orkest and Becca Stevens.
Billy Marrows – Guitar
Chris Williams – Alto Sax
Huw V Williams – Bass
Jay Davis – Drums