Billy has retired from live performances. Check out the recording section for information about downloading his music.
Thank you to Paul Abella and WDCB 90.9 FM for featuring new tracks from the latest recordings "Postive Space" and "Pieces of Light"! Thank you to Rusty Hodge at SomaFM for including "Postive Space" on SomaFM's BandCamp collection. Thank you to Candice at Journeyscapes for including tracks from "Positive Space" on their ambient playlist.
"Positive Space" was just released, Billy's first electronic ambient recording. It features otherworldly ambient guitar and synth pieces. See the Media section for digital download information.
"Pieces of Light" is available! The recording took place at John Hegner's Starbell Hatchery Studio outside of Woodstock, Illinois with Dave Childress (piano & synth), Phil Ciancio (tenor & soprano sax), Jim Seidel (bass) and Johnny Weber (drums) putting in outstanding performances on these original compositions. The new recording features photography by artist Ann Powell, "Clouds on the Prairie."
Complete the contact section to request the CD, or click the "Pieces of Light" album pic on this page to go to https://billydenkmusic.bandcamp.com to download a copy.
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Billy Denk is an American guitarist and composer.
Billy previously hosted the Northern Sky Jazz Show on Harvard Community Radio where he introduced the music of and interviewed Chicago's brightest jazz musicians, in addition to some of his heroes worldwide.
Billy founded Jazz on the Square, a Woodstock, Illinois, not-for-profit organization which promotes jazz performance and education in northern Illinois. From 2007 to 2013, he hosted the Jazz on the Square Jazz Jam Series which brought top performers together with less experienced musicians. Several young musicians took the stage with encouragement from Denk, many of whom have developed into fine jazz performers. Billy also organized Jazz on the Square's annual jazz festival each August.
A consummate musician gifted in many styles, Billy's focus has been on fusing jazz, funk, latin, rock, ambient, and experimental music. He performs in Chicago regularly with the Paul Abella Trio. Billy has recorded and performed with saxophonists Frank Ardito and Phil Ciancio, the John Weber Trio, Chris Greene Quartet, and Glazz Ensemble, and worked with legendary producer Joe Tortorici.