Billy Brandt sings and swings with a style marked by soul, grit and groove. His original music speaks to every man themes of love, loss and possibility and reflects a depth of influences, from Ray Charles and Lou Rawls, to Frank Sinatra and Mose Allison. Armed with suasion, stage presence and his rockin’ group The Thing and Stuff Jazz Band, Billy charms audiences with a confection of jazz, rock, blues and soul.
“[A] crooner/songwriter with a love of wordplay & a hot band takes a page from the great Jacqui Naylor & does some acoustic smashing of his own, first of Gospel w/Old Jazz, then of “Route 66 w/”Day Tripper” over vintage Miles — wordplay indeed” KUNM Albuquerque
“…very very very nice sound and vocals… Michael Bublé eat your heart out! Joost van Steen from Jazz Blues Tour Netherlands
Placing a high value on collaboration Brandt is inspired by the wealth of talent in the Seattle arts community. For the past six years, he has produced the highly successful variety shows The Big Gig and The Big Giggle which feature the talents of Northwest artists from a mix of disciplines.
Billy and the band have performed at nightspots across Seattle, including Tula’s, the Triple Door, the Columbia City Theater and Egan’s Ballard Jam House. In addition, Billy hosts a monthly jam session at the Paragon Bar and Grill. His first CD “The Ballad of Larry’s Neighbor” released in 2012 continues to receive national airplay.
He will be returning to the studio in the fall of 2014 to begin work on his second recording.