Billy Jenkins (musician)

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Billy Jenkins
Background information
Born (1956-07-05) July 5, 1956 (age 64)
Bromley, England
GenresJazz, blues
Occupation(s)Guitarist, composer, bandleader
Years active1970s–present
LabelsBabel, VOTP
Associated actsVoice of God Collective, Oxcentrics, Iain Ballamy

Billy Jenkins (born 5 July 1956)[1] is an English blues guitarist,[2] composer, and bandleader.

Jenkins was a member of Burlesque, then Trimmer & Jenkins. After a short period, he was a member of Ginger Baker's Nutters.[1] For several years, he ran Wood Wharf Studios.[1] He worked on his own VOTP Records label and led the Voice of God Collective,[1] a group which included Iain Ballamy, Django Bates, Steve Watts, Ashley Slater, and other members of the group Loose Tubes. The band released several albums, including Sounds Like Bromley and Uncommerciality.

In the 1990s, Jenkins recorded several albums on Oliver Weindling's Babel Records and led some seasons at the Vortex Jazz Club. He is now best known as a blues guitarist.[1] Until 2009, Jenkins was captain of Francis Drake bowls club on Hilly Fields, Lewisham. He masterminded a successful season of live music to accompany the 2006 FIFA World Cup at the Vortex Jazz Club.

In the mid-1990s, Jenkins and his band The Blues Collective,[1] took part in a parody documentary entitled Virus Called The Blues, produced and directed by Craig Duncan.


Studio albums

  • Sounds Like Bromley (1982)
  • Greenwich (1985)
  • Uncommerciality Vol 1 (1986)
  • Scratches of Spain (Babel, 1987)
  • Wiesen (1987)
  • Round Midnight Cowboy (1988)
  • In the Nude: Standards, Vol. 1 (1988)
  • In the Nude (1988)
  • Motorway At Night (1988)
  • Uncommerciality Vol 2 (1988)
  • Blue Moon in a Function Room (1990)
  • Entertainment USA (1994)
  • East West (1996)
  • S.A.D (1996)
  • Still Sounds Like Bromley (1997)
  • True Love Collection (1999)
  • Suburbia (1999)
  • Blues Zero 2 (2002)
  • When the Crowds Have Gone (2004)

Live albums

  • Jazz Cafe Concerts Vol 1 (1989)
  • Jazz Cafe Concerts Vol 2 (1989)
  • Billy Jenkins / Fun Horns: Mayfest ‘94 (1995)
  • Billy Jenkins / Fun Horns: East / West (1996)
  • Songs of Praise Live (2007)

Compilation albums

  • First Aural Art Exhibition (2006)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Billy Jenkins - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ May, Chris. "Review: I Am A Man From Lewisham". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-12-05.

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