Billy Kilson

Billy Kilson, born William Earl Kilson on August 2, 1962 in Washington, DC, is an American jazz drummer, best known for his past work with Chris Botti, as well as leading his own group, BK Grooove.

Billy Kilson is one of many who had the pleasure of studying with legendary drummer/educator, Alan Dawson, however no one studied with Dawson longer than Kilson — not even Tony Williams.

Kilson has earned the reputation as a diversified drummer with accolades from the traditional jazz community, smooth jazz enthusiasts and music fans of various genres. As a sideman, Kilson has performed around the world with artists such as Hank Jones, Chris Botti, Dave Holland, Ahmad Jamal, Bob James, Dianne Reeves and numerous others. Additionally, he has recorded with artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Tak Matsumoto, Paula Cole, and Larry Carlton, just to name a few.

In 2000, Kilson formed BK Groove and released his first solo album, While Ur Sleepin'. His sophomore album release was in 2006 with Pots & Pans, and in 2012 he released Rhythm Dancer, a live performance CD/DVD package.

In 2015, Billy Kilson launched a new educational website,