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Billy Cobham

Biography

Jazz drummer, composer, and bandleader who all spent some time working with Mls Davis and in addition has pursued an effective solo profession. He attended NY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL of Music and Artwork. He continued to play using the Mahavishnu Orchestra. He performed in the U.S. Military music group from 1965 to 1968. His wife’s name is certainly Faina. He provides performed with Chaka Khan.

Quick Facts


Full Name Billy Cobham
Date Of Birth May 16, 1944
Place Of Birth Panama
Profession Drummer
Education Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Nationality American, Panamanian
Parents William Cobham, Ivy Cobham
Music Groups Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jazz Is Dead, Bobby and the Midnites, New York Jazz Quartet
Nominations Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Movies Sonic Mirror, Billy Cobham's Glass Menagerie, World of Rhythm: Live, Billy Cobham: Culturemix: New Morning Paris Concert, Jazz Legends: Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock Trio: Hurricane, Quincy Jones: The 75th Birthday Celebration: Live at Montreux 2008, Superdrumming, Gil Evans and His Orchestra, Jazz Legends Live! 5, Jack Bruce & Friends in Concert, Fania All Stars: Salsa!, Jazz Legends Live! 12, Jazz Legends Live! 9, The Best of Jazz on TDK '07, Jazz-It!
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1Phil Collins states Cobham as one of his earliest influences as a drummer.
2Now shares his home at New York and Switzerland.
3Works actively with two bands called Billy Cobham's Culturemix, and Billy Cobham's Spectrum Band.
4Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2006.
5Was voted as the best over-all drummer in 1987 by the Modern Drummer magazine.
6He recorded music for the advertisements of Shaft (1971), which was for a special promotion while being in New York.
7Even though a right-handed person, he can play the drums as if he was ambidextrous.
8He was the first person to approach the drums with the so called "Open-handed" (ambidextrous) style of playing the drums. He started playing with this technique when he was only 15 years old (1959).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 90s: Ten Years That Changed the World2015TV Movie documentary writer: "Safe from Harm" - uncredited
Schnell ermittelt2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto IV2008Video Game performer: "Stratus" - as Billy Cobham / writer: "Stratus" - as B. Cobham
Definitely, Maybe2008writer: "Safe from Harm" 1991 - as Billy Cobham
Adored2003as William E. Cobham Jr., "Red Baron" / performer: "Red Baron" - as Billy Cobham
The Insider1999writer: "Safe from Harm" Perfecto Mix - as Billy Cobham
Est-ce bien raisonnable?1981performer: "Est-Ce Bien Raisonnable? Générique", "Miou-Miou Reste Seule", "Miou-Miou Dans La Nuit", "La Voiture Jaune"
Saturday Night Live1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
Flic ou voyou1979"Flic Ou Voyou", "Tendresse Clarinette", "Le Premier Meurtre", "Tendresse Basse Et Guitare", "Ponctuation Trompette", "Variation Sur Le Thème Suspense", "Variation Sur Le Thème Tendresse", "Variation Sur Le Thème Voyou", "Tout Nu", "Filatures", "Final Voyou"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Temptation of Christ1988musician: drums
Est-ce bien raisonnable?1981musician: drums
Flic ou voyou1979musician: drums

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sonic Mirror2008Documentary
Glass Menagerie2002Video

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Billy Cobham: Live at 602007Video producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Epik Drums EDU2011Video documentary as Billy Cobham
Sonic Mirror2008DocumentaryHimself
Billy Cobham: Live at 602007VideoHimself
Glass Menagerie2002VideoHimself
Technics Jazzport: Festival Hamburg 20002000TV Special documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live1981TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Salsa1976DocumentaryHimself
In Concert1973TV SeriesHimself -drums

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#Quote
1Jazz isn't dead. It's how I make my living.

#Trademark
1Open-handed (ambidextrous) style of playing the drums


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