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When the Grammy-winning Composer/Arranger/Pianist Billy Childs was 11 years old, his older sisters introduced him to the work of Hall Of Fame singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. Her blend of Broadway-inspired melodies, jazz improvisation and socially conscious lyrics have stayed with him. Now he has returned to this early source of inspiration, conceiving and orchestrating Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, an all-star interpretation of this songwriter's beloved works. Released by Masterworks, Mr. Childs leads guests include - Renee Fleming, Esperanza Spalding, Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss, Ledisi and Wayne Shorter.
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Billy Childs performs with amazing musicianship and holy inspiration in 'Jazz Vespers at All Saints Church' / Pasadena Now
The All Saints Jazz Vespers program brings together amazing musicianship and holy inspiration six times a year for a service of prayer, meditation and music. Billy Childs has been a regular guest at the series, which also features Alan Broadbent and Shelly Berg, Alan Pasqua, Bill Cunliffe and Holly Hofmann, Walter Smith III, John and Gerald Clayton and many other first-class musicians. Billy Childs has e...
Ravinia - DownBeat gets ready for 'jazz and classical fusion composition competition' / Windy City Times
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ravinia's Steans Music Institute ( RSMI ) last summer, Ravinia launched a competition for composers who could fuse the worlds of jazz and classical music. Due to its success, Ravinia, with the support of DownBeat magazine, is now calling for submissions to the second annual "Bridges" international jazz and classical fusion composition competition, overseen by...
On Rebirth, Billy Childs incorporates the orchestral feel of his own musical identity / HUFFPOST
By now it's evident that the pianist/arranger/composer Billy Childs can compose gorgeous music. Just listen some of his past repertoire."Into the Light " the 2006 Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Composition. "The Path Among the Trees," a cinematically beautiful composition and the 2011 Grammy Award winner for Best Instrumental Composition. His poignant work with vocalists like Dianne Reeves on the Gr...
WBGORadar: Preview - 'Rebirth' by Billy Childs
Pianist Billy Childs has demonstrated a range of creative skills - as a pianist with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and Dianne Reeves; as the composer of masterly chamber jazz experiences; as a bandleader and arranger paying tribute to singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. His inspiration led to - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, an all-star interpretation of this songwriter's beloved w...
Billy Childs signs with Mack Avenue Records / billboard
Christmas is starting early for Mack Avenue Records. The independent jazz label has added acclaimed artists Cameron Graves, Joey DeFrancesco and Billy Childs to its roster. All three will release new albums in 2017. Childs returns to his jazz roots on the aptly titled Rebirth arriving March 24. The four-time Grammy Award-winning pianist plays with saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Hans Glawischnig an...
Billy Childs named President of Chamber Music America
Chamber Music America (CMA) today announced the appointment of pianist and composer Billy Childs as president of its board of directors, effective July 1. Childs is the organization's ninth board president, and the first jazz musician elected to the position. The CMA board of directors unanimously approved his first three-year term at its June 6th meeting. Childs's large and varied body of work defie...
Billy Childs kicks off WBGO - LIVE from the Yamaha Piano Salon
Kicking off WBGO: New York/NJ series of exclusive live performances from the Yamaha Piano Salon is multi Grammy award winning pianist and composer Billy Childs. Childs's career includes tenures performing with Freddie Hubbard, arranging for Dianne Reeves, and composing for the Classical concert stage. This concert features his arrangements of the songs of Laura Nyro performed by a band including...
Billy Childs takes time to make music with some California Central Valley HS students
Four-time Grammy award winning composer Billy Childs is making a few stops in the Central Valley-- and not just to perform. The musician is working with several jazz bands from local schools Wednesday and Thursday. Childs, a world-renowned jazz pianist and composer, is taking on a new role-- class instructor. Fresno, Central, and Madera Unified School Districts worked together to bring the four-time Gram...
Billy Childs and co. bring 'Laura Nyro's music to FSU / Tallahassee Democrat review
Like every other kid who grew up listening to the radio in the ‘70s, I was first introduced to the music of singer-pianist-composer Laura Nyro through other artists. The New York City-born Nyro, who died of cancer in 1997 when she was only 49, was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. "Everything felt heightened and exotic in her songs," Bette Midler said during th...
Two decades years after Laura Nyro's death her music is kept alive / The American Spectator
In the years since her death, Nyro's work has received sufficient appraisal to warrant her induction into the Rock ‘n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Her music has also inspired two very different tributes both of which I had the pleasure of recently attending - Kate Ferber'sOne Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro and Billy Childs' Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro. Billy Childs is also a...
Billy Childs Brings Laura Nyro To Cambridge / WBUR Radio
Her songs made their way to the public eye through artists like Barbra Streisand and Patti LaBelle, but her stardom was encapsulated in a niche fandom of "Nyrotics." Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro's gospel, jazz- and soul-influenced music was as good as that of her contemporaries Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Although she purposefully shied away from celebrity fame, her faithful following kept her in ...
Billy Childs' ensemble celebrates Laura Nyro's music@Walt Disney Concert Hall / axs
Returning to the source of one's early inspirations and influences is an invaluable solution for any artist searching for innovative ways to present new ideas or to explore the true essence of those particular inspirations from a different angle with more maturity. That approach worked extremely well tonight for the Brad Mehldau Trio and for Billy Childs' Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro ensem...
Billy Childs - Reimagining Laura Nyro makes 'Dirty Dog Top Ten for April'
The award-winning Jazz pianist, composer and arranger, Billy Childs' new album pays tribute to the late, singer songwriter, Laura Nyro. It includes creative renderings of Nyro's songs by such luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Renee Fleming, Rickie Lee Jones and others. When Childs was 11 years old, his older sisters introduced him to Laura Nyro, and her improvisation blending with socially...
Billy Child's plays Portland Jazz Festival / Oregon Music News
Grammy award and Guggenheim grant winning Jazz pianist, composer and arranger Billy Childs will be performing at the 2015 Portland Jazz Festival on Sunday February 22. Growing up in Los Angeles, he started learning how to play the piano at age 6 AND remembers the sounds coming out of his older sister's room and was drawn to the many different albums she would put on. One artist in particular stayed...
Billy Childs plays La Jolla Athenaeum / U-T San Diego
The La Jolla Jazz at The Athenaeum series continues on Friday, February 13, with a return visit by Athenaeum favorite Billy Childs on piano, with an all-star quartet comprised of saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Johnathan Blake. JazzTimes commented, "Childs' piano playing sings with clarity and emotion…The swing throughout is n...
Billy Childs - "New York Tendaberry" from Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro wins 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals
Composer/Arranger/Pianist Billy Childs leads an all-star interpretation of songwriter Laura Nyro's beloved works: guests include Renee Fleming, Esperanza Spalding, Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss, Ledisi and Wayne Shorter. When the Grammy-winning musician Billy Childs was 11 years old, his older sisters introduced him to the work of Hall Of Fame singer-songwriter Laura ...
Billy Childs to perform at Mondavi Center / Sacramento Bee interview
You have to admire Billy Childs for confessing without irony that the excesses of British progressive rock pioneers Emerson, Lake and Palmer pushed him into a career as a black jazz pianist. Child's became progressive in his own right, carving out a career as a highly respected jazz-based artist who – not too surprisingly – observes no boundaries in making music. He brings his acoustic qu...
Billy Childs receives 3 / 2015 GRAMMY Nominations for - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
On Friday the 57th Annual Grammy Awards revealed it's winners. and Crossover Media Artists and Projects received 12, 2015 Nominations: including Billy Childs' Map To The Treasure - Reimagining Laura Nyro, in the Best American Roots Performance, Best Jazz Vocal Album, and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals categories. When the Grammy-winning musici...
Billy Childs - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro / Something Else review
Just when I think I have my list of great jazz albums set for 2014, here comes pianist Billy Childs' Map to the Treasure: Reimaging Laura Nyro. The multi-Grammy winner has been on the jazz scene as a solo artist and has produced memorable works since his solo debut in 1988. His most recent release, 2010's Autumn: In Moving Pictures, Vol. 2, combines the finest elements of jazz and classical. The pianist ...
Billy Childs - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro / All About Jazz review
The latter day jazz community, by and large, has embraced songwriting icons from the other side of the fence. Numerous artists associated with jazz have visited in on Bob Dylan's iconic work, explored the dark soul of Tom Waits, reshaped the poetic work(s) of Leonard Cohen, and/or tapped into the Joni Mitchell well. But what of Laura Nyro? The woman behind such under-appreciated classics as "Stoned S...
Billy Childs - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro / Jazz Weekly review
Pianist/arranger Billy Childs has been building up an impressive catalogue of his own with intriguing chamber jazz recordings. He's also done tons of work for the likes of Sting, Chris Botti and Dianne Reeves, and this new release Map to the Treasure has Childs seemingly go through his iphone list of connections to put together a collection of tunes composed by 70s all-too-young-departed Laura Nyro. From...
Billy Childs - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro / TribLive review
Pianist and arranger Billy Childs has done exactly what the title suggests on Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro. His work at creating these new versions works well because of his skill and the remarkable talent helping him. His version of "New York Tenderberry" wouldn't be so gripping without the work of singer Renee Fleming and the cello of Yo-Yo Ma. Childs' approach to "And When I Die...
Billy Childs - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro / Audiophile Audition review
"Kudos are due to Childs and producer Larry Klein for putting together this flawless project." Audiophile Audition reviews Billy Childs' Sony Masterworks release Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, giving his "powerful and compelling" homage a "solid five stars." Map To The Treasure features guest vocalists from a wide variety of backgrounds. Renee Fleming, Shawn Colvin, Li...
Billy Childs - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro / Wall Street Journal review
The Wall Street Journal calls Billy Childs' Sony Masterworks album Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro "loving and powerful", with "subtle yet striking moments." A three-time Grammy winner, Childs is joined in his Nyro tribute by Renée Fleming, Rickie Lee Jones, Alison Krauss, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Chris Botti, Jerry Douglas, Yo-Yo Ma, Wayne Shorter, and others. ...
Billy Childs - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro / Kentucky.com Critic's Pick review
Billy Childs' new album Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro assembles a team of top female vocalists to explore the work of Laura Nyro, including Shawn Colvin, Lisa Fischer, Renee Fleming, Rickie Lee Jones, Alison Krauss, Ledisi, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Becca Stevens, and Susan Tedeschi. The album features a mix of orchestral and jazz-inspired arrangements that"recall the...
Billy Childs - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro / NPR Weekend Edition Saturday
The late Laura Nyro staggered crowds at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival when she was just 20 years old. But by the time she turned 25 she was tired of stardom and rarely took the stage. Laura Nyro died of cancer in 1997, when she was just 49 years old. But the legacy of this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songwriter is huge. She wrote "Eli's Coming," "Save The Country" and "And When I Die." Just a few...
Billy Childs - Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro / PBS: Tavis Smiley interview and performance
A three-time Grammy-winning pianist, arranger and composer, Billy Childs developed his voice by merging jazz and classical genres. He's recorded two volumes of jazz/chamber music and received several orchestral commissions. He's also performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Wynton Marsalis, the L.A. Phil, the Detroit Symphony and others. At age six, he demonstrated an aptitude for piano and graduated ...
Billy Childs and Friends - Map To The Treasure: Laura Nyro Reimagined / Downbeat review
Laura Nyro was an intensely emotional powerhouse of a singer-songwriter who, over the course of a 30-year career, wrote huge hits for others. One measure of her impact is that, for two weeks in 1969, she had written three songs in Billboard's Top 10. Yet, as a performer, she never won a Grammy award or earned a Top 40 single before her untimely death in 1997 at the age of 49. A new album of her songs...