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Billy Bang

  • Birth 20 Sep 1947 Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 11 Apr 2011 Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
  • Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 68314094

Jazz Musician. Born William Vincent Walker, he was a jazz violinist known for wide-range improvisation and intense performances. After serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, he settled in New York City, New York, pursuing his music career and becoming an important figure on the experimental jazz scene. In 1977, he co-founded his band the "String Trio" of New York, which started performing at recording sessions and jazz festivals. Signed to the Soul Note label, he released his first album "First String" (1979), followed by "Area Code 212" (1979). For the next three decades, as a composer, band leader and side man, his more then thirty album credits included "Invitation" (1982), "The Fire Within" (1984), "Natural Balance" (1986), "Bang On!" (1997) and "Big Bang Theory" (1999). In exploring his Vietnam War experience, he released the albums "Vietnam: The Aftermath" (2001) and "Vietnam: Reflections" (2005), recorded with a band which included several other veterans of that conflict. He died of cancer at age 63.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 13 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 68314094
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Billy Bang (20 Sep 1947–11 Apr 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68314094, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .