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Willard Dyson

Willard Dyson, an active and extremely talented drummer on the New York and international music scenes, came to New York City in 1986 from the San Francisco Bay area. A versatile musician, his ingenuity is at home in a myriad of rhythmic genres including jazz, R&B, Latin and Brazilian music. Willard works regularly with a diverse group of musicians including Regina Belle, Grady Tate, Jimmy Scott, The New York Voices, Dakota Staton and Cassandra Wilson.
He is also very active on the local jazz scene in New York City, playing at local clubs as well as well as in various Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
As Regina Belle's drummer, Willard has toured in the United States, Japan and Europe as well as appearing on the Tonight Show, Soul Train, The Arsenio Hall Show, Good Morning America and BET.

He has been called, "perfect, imaginative, sensitive, exciting and subtle, with a stunning flair for devastating funk," in The Wellington Journal. Acclaimed worldwide, Willard has performed at the New Zealand, JVC, Playboy and Essence Music festivals.
Born in 1962, Willard has been playing percussion since the 5th grade when he received his first drum set.
He also sang in his church choir throughout junior and senior high school and received a scholarship to participate in the prestigious Young Musicians Program at the University of California at Berkeley. Having devoted his professional life to honing his improvisational skills, Willard places equal importance on academics as well. He received a B.A. in Percussion Performance from California State Hayward University and a M.M. in Jazz and Commercial Music from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

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