Billy Bang

Bang, was a free jazz violinist and composer, whose music reflected on his involvement as an American conscript in the Vietnam War.

Billy Bang.

I am very sad to learn that Billy Bang has died at age 63. He was a beautiful musician who struggled with mental illness and other woes from the trauma of his service in Vietnam until he processed it in his music. I was introduced to his work by Butch Morris. Two years ago I was privileged to have a long conversation with him and Yusef Komunyakaa—this is the radio edit. Condolences to all who knew him.

“The amazing Billy Bang” (Bob Travis, Flickr Creative Commons).

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