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Universal Attractions Agency Signs Billy Cobham
William C. Cobham was born on May 16, 1944, in Panama where he grew fond of percussion from watching his cousin play. Growing up Billy played in the St. Catherine's Queensmen at the High School of Music and Art. After graduating Billy served as a percussionist in the U.S. Army National band. He then played as a drummer in pianist Horace Silver's band and toured the U.S. with him throughout the late 1960s, leaving to partake in Miles Davis' fusion ensemble where he can be heard on Davis classics such as 'Like-Evil' and 'A Tribute to Jack Johnson'. Eventually Cobham parted ways from Davis' group to work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, where he was able to further explore his technique and fusion style which influenced many for years to come.
Deciding to part ways with the Orchestra, Cobham started his own band, Spectrum and signed with Atlantic Records. Spectrum's debut album featured a mix of jazz, funk and rock that allowed Cobham to further experiment with percussion. In 1975, Cobham released "A Funky Thide of Sings" moving into commercial jazz exclusively. After two years, Cobham left Atlantic and signed to CBS label which allowed him to reach the commercial success he had always wanted. Cobham focused on his opportunities as a session drummer and other side opportunities after leaving CBS, such as drumming for the Grateful Dead's side project Bobby & the Midnites. In 1988, Cobham helped start a group called 'Jazz is Dead' which reprized Grateful Dead music with jazz iterations.
In 2001, Cobham released "Drum 'n Voice 1" marking the return of his 1970s jazz-funk sound and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Drummers by Modern Drummer magazine. He paved the way for future drummers by changing the way percussion is set up, the way it is played and enjoyed. In 2006, Cobham released "Drum 'n Voice 2" with the release of follow up record, "Drum 'n Voice 3", soon after. In 2011, Cobham started teaching drums online at the Billy Cobham School of Drums, an ArtistWorks Drum Academy. Throughout 2018, Cobham toured across the US a performance series called "Crosswinds Project" which was his way of revisiting his second album, Crosswinds. The tour re-comprised his original work from the 1970's and continued into 2019 as a celebration of Cobham's 75th birthday. Cobham continues to tour worldwide.
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