Jazz drummer & co-founder of the World Stage
Co-founder of The World Stage, Billy Higgins, known as the most recorded drummer in jazz history, also directed the Summer Jazz Institute for young musicians in the Los Angeles area, and has served as a mentor to many drummers and jazz musicians. Higgins gave young musicians an opportunity to learn jazz history, theory, improvisation, instrumental technique, composition and arranging with some of the great jazz masters.
He also ran a drum workshop for all ages on Monday nights, where children 3 years of age to veteran drummers, would come for his guidance and wisdom. Black/Note bassist Mark Shelby says, “We all really look up to Billy Higgins for inspiration. He’s open, he’s encouraging. Even though he is who he is, he’s still down-to-earth and humble. He’s someone who really puts his money where his mouth is.”Billy Higgins died in May 3, 2001 from liver disease.