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Higgins, Billy

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Personal name headingHiggins, Billy
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Associated countryUnited States
Birth date1936-10-11
Death date2001-05-03
Place of birthLos Angeles (Calif.)
Place of deathInglewood (Calif.)
AffiliationBlue Note (Firm) Brass Company (Musical group) Cedar Walton Trio Cedar Walton Quartet University of California, Los Angeles
Profession or occupationDrummers (Musicians) Jazz musicians Teachers
Found inPepper, A. So in love [SR] c1980 (a.e.) container (Billy Higgins, drums)
New Grove dict. of jazz (Higgins, Billy; b. Oct. 11, 1936, Los Angeles; drummer)
New York Times, May 4, 2001 (Billy Higgins, 64, jazz drummer; d. May 3, 2001, Inglewood, Calif.; nickname, Smiling Billy)
African American National Biography, accessed January 30, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Higgins, Billy; William Higgins; Hassan Ahmed Abdul Kareem; jazz musician, teacher, community activist, drummer, percussionist; born 11 October 1936 in Los Angeles, California, United States. He formed the Jazz Messiahs (1953); was a house drummer for Blue Note Records and leader of the Brass Company (1970s); recorded with Cedar Walton Trio and Quartet (1975-2001); awarded the American Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Phineas Newborn Jr. Award (1997); was a faculty member of the UCLA Jazz Studies Program; in 1977 embraced islam and took the name Hassan Ahmed Abdul Karim; First Annual Billy Higgins Fresno State Jazz Festival was presented in Fresno, California (1999). He died 03 May 2001 in Inglewood, California, United States)