Photo of Billy by Mark Keller
Drummer Billy Mintz was born in Queens,
New York. By the age of 15 he was playing in the show bands of the
Catskill Mountain resorts.
In his twenties, while living in New York City, he played and recorded
with Lee Konitz, Perry Robinson and Badal Roy, Eddie
Daniels Quartet with Rick Laird and Andy Laverne, Gloria Gaynor, the
Steve Tintweiss Quartet, and the Harold Danko Quartet.
In 1981 Mr. Mintz relocated to Los Angeles where he was a member of the
Mike Garson Trio with Stanley Clarke, the Kim Richmond Sextet, the
Bobby Shew Quintet, the Joey Sellers' Jazz Aggregation, the Vinny Golia
Quartet, the Bill Mays Quartet, and the Tom Person Big Band. He also
performed with the Mose Allison Trio, and did a stint with the Merv
Griffin Show band. In LA, Mr. Mintz was also the drummer for the Bill
Mays Quartet, as well as for Road Work Ahead, with Mr. Mays, Bob
Magnusson and Peter Sprague.
In 1986, Mr. Mintz toured Japan with the Los Angeles Symphonic Jazz
Orchestra. In 1988 he toured Europe with saxophonist Charles Lloyd,
along with bassist John Pattitucci. Throughout the 1980's he performed
and recorded with Bill Perkins, Frank Strazzeri, and Pete Cristlieb.
From 1989 to 1995 he was a
member of pianist Alan Broadbent's Trio.
Mr. Mintz currently lives in New York, and performs with the Alan
Broadbent Trio, Hal Galper Trio, Roberta Piket Trio, Russ Lossing Trio,
and the Mark
Feldman-Sylvie Courvoisier Quartet, as well as his own Two Bass Band,
and Mintz Quartet. He also performs concerts of solo drums.
He appeared at Chez Hanny previously with the Roberta Piket
In his two decades as an integral member of the thriving improvised
music community of New York City, saxophonist and composer Tony
Malaby has emerged as a wholly unique and singular voice.
Malaby was recently named one of Downbeat’s “80 Coolest Things in
Jazz”, saying that, “[Malaby] is a formidably accomplished soprano and
tenor saxophonist with enviable tone and an endless font of compelling
ideas, yet he steers his music away from perfection,” and that “his
considerable gifts as a melodist tend to sneak up on you.” Jazztimes
added that Malaby is, “a hero of today’s improvised music scene”.
"Mr. Monder has a deep rapport with Mr. Malaby: Depending on the
moment, they can seem like dance partners, sparring partners or members
of a relay team. What they create is hallucinatory, indebted both to
free-jazz avatars like Albert Ayler and the combustible side of
prog-rock. "--New York Times
A musician in the New York City area for over 30 years, guitarist Ben
Monder has performed with Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz,
Billy Childs, Andrew Cyrille, George Garzone, Paul Motian, Maria
Schneider, and Marshall Crenshaw. He also contributed guitar parts to
the last David Bowie album, “Blackstar”.
Ben conducts clinics and workshops around the world, and has served on
the faculties of the New England Conservatory, NYU, and the New School.
He has appeared on over 200 CDs as a sideman, and has released 6 as a
leader: Amorphae (ECM, 2015), Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013), Oceana
(Sunnyside, 2005), Excavation (Arabesque, 2000), Dust (Arabesque,
1997), and Flux (Songlines,1995).