Billy's Photo Gallery

Over his long, exciting and productive career, Billy Moore has performed
with some of the great names of the music world.
Here are a few selected photographic highlights.

Here’s where a young Jazz percussionist could get in trouble performing at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Known for Folk, Blues and Jazz ala Al Jarreau…Oscar Brown, Jr. performed as a one man show. Toured many years with his show…”Faces of Oscar Brown, Jr.” This is where I cut my teeth as a professional drummer on the west coast. Can’t get a good look at Floyd Morris on piano, but that's Bobby Haynes on bass.

Louis Jordan

Louis Jordan and the Tympani Five - With O.C. Smith, Percy Mayfield & Billy on drums

Billy Moore:Drums, Kenny Burrell:Guitar, Dr. Donald Byrd:Trumpet,Dr. Billy Taylor:Piano, D.Hall: Bass

Here I am swingin’ with the inimitable Billy Daniels while performing at the Baby Grand West night club back in 1970. The band was contracted by me and conducted by Benny Payne. We were a very tight group for this venue. Left to right: Benny Payne, conductor, Harper Cosby on bass, Billy Daniels , Billy Moore on drums, Fred Jackson on alto saxophone and Edwin Pleasants on tenor saxophone.

Callenwolde Concert Band

Tony Bennett, Joyce and Billy

I had the honor and opportunity to share a moment with movie star Danny Glover on the occasion of “Tribute To Nelson Mandela” in Atlanta. The evening was highlighted by a performance with the African-American Philharmonic Orchestra at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall.

I was asked by Paramount Pictures to instruct Mary Stuart Masterson for her role as Watts, drummer for a rock band in the 1987 motion picture “Some Kind Of Wonderful”. With 4 weeks or so of instruction, Mary was proficient enough to do all the drum parts in the movie. She was very convincing. I was Technical Advisor on the movie as well

The Sentimental Journey Orchestra, Atlanta, GA. Seventeen instrumentalists and three vocalists comprise the SJO orchestra. For twenty-five years, these dedicated musicians have kept alive the Big Band sounds of the ‘30s thru ‘70s, but their "book" extends well into the '90s as well.

What a dashing young figure in my early days as band director at Northwestern High School in Jacksonville, FL Our performances from 1957-1963 took the small Class EE to Class AA school all over the state. This band was created from scratch and performed at concerts, stadiums, parades and professional football games. You can’t see the venue…but this was the Gator Bowl, Circa1962.

Anchoring the rhythm section of the legendary Ray Charles. Edgar Willis is on bass and Georgia's Ambassador to the world on piano. Performing at the Royal Tahitian in Ontario, CA circa 1966.

Performing with Ray Charles, Carnegie Hall

Lena Horne

Bill Cosby & Sammy Davis, Jr.

Maxine Weldon

And here’s my group with Maxine Weldon. Known as the Black Diva in Japan. Maxine recorded with Columbia Records for most of her career. Barry Zwig on guitar, Tom Canning, keyboards and Bill Torma on Bass comprised the Billy Moore Quartet performing Club E.T.C. in Los Angeles, CA.

Billy Moore Orchestra

The Jamaica Dance Theatre

Mike Smith, Billy, Santana, Joyce

Billy and Joyce Moore 2007

Just a sampling of my huge collection of percussion instruments. All of these were necessary and useful while I was pursuing, and performing, gigs as a studio percussionist during my years in Los Angeles and Hollywood.

Billy Moore, Band Director

Concert Band/Lee Hall 1953

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