Billy Kilson is one of the most versatile and explosive drummers on the music scene today. His unique energetic style captivates audiences worldwide. His performances have been called a "volcanic force just barely contained” (New York Times), “on fire” (Jazz Views), and “unstoppable, sending the crowd into ecstacies with furious, timestretching eruptions” (BBC). He frequently brings down the house both as a sideman and as the front man of his band, BK Groove.
His vast musical "rolodex" has earned him the reputation as a diversified drummer and he has merited accolades from the traditional jazz community, smooth jazz enthusiasts and music fans of various genres. His illustrious sideman career has put him in front of audiences all over the world with artists such as Hank Jones, Chris Botti, Dave Holland, Ahmad Jamal, Bob James, Dianne Reeves and many more. Additionally, he has recorded with artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Tak Matsumoto, Paula Cole, Larry Carlton and others.
While achieving notable success as a sideman in concert and on recordings, Billy was drawn to his first love of creating and performing his own music. Influenced by the jazz, funk and fusion of his youth, Billy composed his first recording, While Ur Sleepin' and formed BK Groove, a quartet of some of the top musicians in jazz. Because of his musical reputation, he is able to secure musicians such as Kenny Davis, James Genus, Henry Hey, Mike Sim, George Colligan, Steve Wilson, Antonio Hart, etc. to sit in with BK Groove. His follow up project, Pots & Pans, garnered rave reviews including Jazz Times' declaration that "this [BK Groove] ain't pretty-boy jazz your grandma smiles to."