If you haven’t had a chance to see Bily perform in concert, you’ve undoubtedly heard him as he has been featured as a sideman on over 250 recordings. As a composer, arranger or studio musician, his music has appeared in more than 100 film scores, television shows and commercials, including John Sayles’ Eight Men Out and Lone Star, Wes Craven’s Music Of The Heart, The Opposite of Sex, and Seabiscuit. His clarinet playing can be heard on the theme songs of the popular PBS shows “Antiques Roadshow” and “This Old House.”
Although jazz has always been his first love, Mr. Novick has always had an eclectic sensibility and enjoys being able to play a wide range of musical styles. He has performed with blues greats Robert Junior Lockwood, Willie Dixon, Ruth Brown and Duke Robillard, as well as jazz musicians such as Scott Hamilton, Milt Hinton, Herb Pomeroy, Dave McKenna, Dorothy Donegan and Butch Thompson. He has also appeared in concert performing Brazilian music, Celtic music, Klezmer music, and French cabaret. He has recorded with a wide variety of artists including Maria Muldaur, Tex-Mex star Freddy Fender, Celtic performers Robbie O’Connel and Aine Minogue, and even rock legend J. Geils.
Billy appears with bassist, Bob Nieski. He was the bassist with the Jimmy Giuffre 4 from 1979-1992 and appears on Jimmy’s three Soul Note recordings. Bob has also recorded with Alan Dawson, Dave Grisman, Stephane Grappelli, George Russell and the Living Time Orchestra, Bevan Manson, Jay Geils, Gerry Beaudoin, Duke Robillard, The Either Orchestra and Herb Pomeroy and in addition has performed with Charlie Byrd, Eartha Kitt, Attila Zoller, Ronnie Earl, Tiger Okoshi, Dakota Stayton, John Blake, Jackie and Roy, Richie Cole, and Larry Coryell. Bob’s compositions have been performed around the world by his own groups, The Either Orchestra and Jimmy Giuffre 4.