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Bill Summers

perc, *1948 US
Musician of R&B/Soul and Jazz
A.k.a. William Leonard Summers

Bill Summers (b. June 27, 1948) is a New Orleans based Afro-Cuban jazz/Latin jazz percussionist, a multi-instrumentalist who plays primarily on conga drums. Summers is probably most well known due to his work with Los Hombres Calientes along with his friend and co-leader of the group, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield. However, despite this musical relationship, Summers has a much longer musical career than that, often working behind the scenes on film scores for various movies such as The Color Purple and the television miniseries Roots with Quincy Jones. He also played with Herbie Hancock during The Headhunters years, and is mentioned in passing by the liner notes of The Headhunters' 2003 release Evolution Revolution as contributing to that recording. His former wife is Yvette Bostic-Summers, who

     
Instruments
  • Percussion
  • Vocals
  • Cowbell
  • Congas
  • Bongos
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Jazz
  • Electronic
  • Latin
Popular Tracks   
The Mardi Gras Second Line - with Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty on Nothing But A Party: Basin Street Records' New Orleans Mardi Gras Collection by Various Artists
Call It What You Want on Call It What You Want by Bill Summers & Summers Heat
Flying on Cayenne by Bill Summers & Summers Heat
We Call It The Box on Jam In The Box by Bill Summers & Summers Heat
New Second Line: Mardi Gras 2001 - Mardi Gras 2001 on Nothing But A Party: Basin Street Records' New Orleans Mardi Gras Collection by Various Artists
Come Into My Life on Feel The Heat by Bill Summers
Brazilian Skies on Feel The Heat by Bill Summers
Feel The Heat on On Sunshine by Bill Summers & Summers Heat
Straight To The Bank - Disco Mix on Straight To The Bank by Bill Summers & Summers Heat
At The Concert on Jam In The Box by Bill Summers & Summers Heat

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Band Members
Discography
Title Artist Year Type
Brazilian SkiesBill Summers2010Album
The Essence Of KwanzaaBill Summers1997Album
Come Into My Life / People KnowBill Summers1977Single
Feel The HeatBill Summers1977Album
Reggae Makossa / Straight To The Bank / Jingo / Don't You Feel My LoveManu Dibango - Bill Summers - Candido - George McCraeAlbum
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Bill Summers & Summers Heat 1977-1987 R&B/Soul
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