After completing high school at Sir Georges Williams College, (Concordia University) Billy studied liberal arts at the college while working with Buddy Jordan’s Tramp Band from 1956 to 1958. He lived in Los Angeles from 1959 to 1961, where he worked with trumpeter Joe Gordon among others. After returning home in 1962, he performed with Sonny Rollins on Chicago’s south side. After leading his own group The Swingers at Miss Montreal (1964/1965), Oliver Jones introduced him to Leroy Mason (Mister Rhythm and the Rhymes) at Rockhead’s Paradise in 1966. During Expo 67, he played all summer long at the Youth Pavilion in Ron Proby’s trans-Canadian jazz band.
Other gigs include playing with bassist Errol Walters at Hotel de La Montagne, solo piano gigs at the Cage aux Sports, the Queen Elizabeth hotel and Abacus. His more recent performances have been with his “Paradise Band” featuring saxophonist Richard Paris, at Charlie Biddles club “Biddles” now known as the House of Jazz.
Billy Georgette has lived most of his life in Montreal, and is an enthusiastic supporter of Jazz music in the city see ( jazzcitymtl.com ). He has appeared at the Montreal Jazz Festival and is a regular performer at various venues and charitable events in the city. An enthusiastic hockey historian, he was a founding member in 1991 of SIHR… Society for International Hockey Research.
Billy has spent much of his free time studying the history and origins of the game, writing books and a musical comedy on the subject. He has also created a website about the Victoria Rink, birthplace of the modern game and is considered to be an authority on that historic arena.
He is also the founding member of Hockey Heritage Montreal, a non profit organization formed in 2001 with the goal of preserving the rink site and creating a “Hockey Walk of Fame” honouring hockey’s greats.