I was born on March 2, 1976 in

São Paulo, Brazil.

My name is Frederico Lunardelli Ponzio.

I am the eldest son of 3 brothers.

In 4th grade I got the nickname "Billy" from a childhood friend, who found my name strange and difficult to pronounce. 


I started playing drums at age 13, taking classes with Master Percio Sapia at CLAM.

From 15, i continued to study self-taught. And at 16, in 1992, I joined the progressive rock trio "Turtles Sharks & Beavers" with Flavio Marchesin (vocals, keyboards, bass) and Eduardo Tibira (guitar, backing vocals). They were their own compositions, influenced by bands like Rush, Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Primus, among others. It was a very creative, original, daring and irreverent sound (check out the "discografia" section).

In 1997 I participated as percussionist of the Scottish Link Pipe Band, an authentic band of Scottish bagpipes in Brazil, created by the piper Cristiano Bicudo. In this band we participate in the world festival of bagpipes bands in Glasgow.

In 1999, "Turtles" finished and i with Eliseu Paranhos (vocal, lyrics) Paulo Penov (guitar) and Cristiano Miano (bass) the group "Freak", which had a psychedelic rock'n'roll proposal. The band lasted only 2 years, but there were great songs that led us to briefly join in 2015 to record a Cd FREAK. This album became a very interesting conceptual work on the existentialist journey of the character "Freak" during a dawn.

Between 2002 and 2004, i moved away from the music. I lost my father, I got married, I had my first child, I studied drawing techniques, I tried to work in other areas and I was very lost. I only played drums occasionally at my mother's house, not to forget what it was like. I had been disenchanted with music and my comfort was at best one day to teach my children if they wanted to.

But in July 2004, through pianist Ari Giorgi, i met Tito Martino and joined his group and jazz. Tito was my great jazz Teacher.

He transmitted to me all the records, and rules from the roots of jazz . Most teachers, musicians and media in Brazil only speak of Miles Davis ahead. At most, they return to Charlie Parker. It is not spoken of who influenced these masters. Who were the "Masters of the Masters"? That, Tito Martino taught me! At TMJB, I participated in important and numerous shows by São Paulo, Brazil, jazz festival in Portugal, TV programs, documentaries, and also  a memorable performance with  John Pizzarelli in 2011 (watch).

I had 6 great musical teachers in my life:

1. My Mother

2. Tito Martino

3. Mr Aluísio Monteiro

4. Ari Giorgi

5. Percio Sapia

6. Wilson Gomes

In December 2012, i started to produce the album "Pioneiros do Jazz Paulistano", which featured the participation of great names of brazilian jazz, such as Tito Martino , Hector Costita, André Busic, among others.


In 2014, i started my experimental albuns, mixing my dixieland drums influences with prog rock.

You can check them in 'Discography'.

Best Wishes,





Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Shelly Manne, Vernel Fournier, Baby Dodds, Gene Krupa, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Buddy Rich, Tony Sbarbaro, Alvin Burroughs, Joe Watkins, Earl Watkins, Cozy Cole, Paul Barbarin, Paul Motian, Daniel Humair, Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Tony Oxley, Sam Woodyard, Sonny Greer, Ali Jackson, Mel Lewis.

Brazilian Drummers:

Édison Machado, Milton Banana, Dom Um Romão, Wilson das Neves, Helcio Milito, Rubens Barsotti, Airto, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Nenê,  Percio Sapia, Paulinho de Lima, Wellington Moreira Pimpa, Edu Ribeiro, Rafael Barata.


Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Bill Bruford, Alan White, Ian PaiceCasey Scheuerell, Billy Cobham, Keith Moon, John Bonham, Johnny Rabb, Jojo Mayer, Stewart Copeland.


Thes Albuns Influenced me:

Rush: "Fly by Night", "Caress of Stell", "2112", "A Farewell To Kings", "Hemispheres", "Permanent Waves","Moving Pictures","Exit Stage Left (Live)", "Signals"

Yes: "The Yes Album", "Fragile", "Close to the Edge", "Relayer", "Tormato", "Yesshows(Live)" 

ELP: "Emerson Lake & Palmer", "Tarkus", "Pictures At An Exhibition", "Brain Salad Sugery", "Welcome Back My Friends to The Show that Never Ends (live)"

Deep Purple: "Fireball", "Machine Head", "Who Do We Think We Are"

Led Zeppelin: "Led Zeppelin III", "Led Zepellin IV", "The Song Remains the Same (Live)", "In Through The Out Door"

The Who: "Live at Leeds", "Tommy", "Quadrophenia"

Peter Townshend: "White City"

Jethro Tull: "Aqualung", "A Passion Play"

Beatles: "White Album", "Abbey Road"

Rolling Stones: "Tatoo You"

Pink Floyd: "Atom Heart Mother","Ummagumma", "Wish You Are Here", "Animals", "The Wall"

Rick Wakeman: "The Six Wives of Henrich VIII", "Journey to the Center of The Earth", "Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of Round Table" 

King Crimson: "Larks' Tongues in Aspic"

Miles Davis: "Round About Midnight", "Kind of Blue", "Sketches of Spain", "Aura"

Ahmad Jamal: "At the Pershing", "Complete Alhambra and Blackhawk Performances", "Live at The Montreal Jazz Festival 1985"

Jo Jones: "The Everest Years", "Smile", "The Drums", "Bass and Percussion", "Mae Barnes", "The Complete CBS Buck Clayton Jam Sessions", "Teddy Wilson Trio With Jo Jones-Complete Recordings", "At Newport-The Coleman Hawkins, Roy Aldrige,Pete Brown,Jo Jones All Stars"

Peter Frampton: "Frampton Comes Alive!"

Grand Funk Railroad: "Survival"

John Coltrane: "Complete Africa Brass Sessions", "My Favorite Things","Crescent", "Love Supreme", "Duke Ellington & John Coltrane"

Shelly Manne: "The Poll Winners", "The Pool Winners:Exploring the Scene", "234", "The Three And The Two", "Jazz Gunn"

Duke Ellington: "Live at Carnegie Hall 1943", "Duke Ellington & John Coltrane", "The Pianist", "Side by Side", "Money Jungle", "Piano Reflections"

Zutty Singleton: "The Omer Simeon Trio", "Drum Parade", "Drum Face 1 & 2", "Jazz a La Creole (c/ Sidney Bechet, Lil Hardin e Sam Price)"

Jean-Luc Ponty: "Jean-Luc Ponty:Live", "A Taste for Passion"

João Gilberto: "This is Bossa Nova", "João Gilberto 1973-(Album Branco)"

Bossa 3: "Os Reis do Ritmo"

Milton Banana: "Balançando com Milton Banana Trio"

Edison Machado: "Edison Machado é Samba Novo"

Walter Wanderley: "Batucada"

Roni Von: "Roni Von", "A Máquina Voadora"

Wilson das Neves: "Baterista:Wilson das Neves(c/Elza Soares)", "Bina & Ehud-Samba de Gringo 2"

Zimbo Trio: "Zimbo Trio 35 Anos Ao Vivo"

Hector Costita: "Impacto", "Jazz(c/ Dick Farney Quartet)"

Percio Sapia: "Triálogo", "Agora Sim"

Dick Farney: "Dick Farney Apresenta A Sua Orquestra", "Jazz"

Ismael Silva: "Se Você Jurar"

Alceu Valença: "Vivo!"

Chico Science & Nação Zumbi: "Afrociberdelia", "Da Lama Ao Caos"

Chico Buarque: "Para Todos"

Elis Regina: "Vento de Maio", "Elis Ao Vivo", "Festival de Montreoux"

Dave Brubeck Quartet: "Near Myth", "Time Out", "Live in Portland", "Time Further Out", "Jazz Impressions of Japan", "Time Changes", 

Max Roach: "Max+Diz-Paris 1989", "Money Jungle", "We Insist!", "Gigantes do Jazz-Max Roach"

Art Blakey: "A Night in Tunisia", "Orgy in Rhythm"

Baby Dodds: "Talking and Drum Solos", "Jazz A' La Creole"

Cozy Cole: "Cozy Cole Hits", "Cozy Conceptions of Carmem"

Gene Krupa: "Tony Bennett and The Gene Krupa Quartet-Guard Sessions", "Live at New School", "Drum Boogie", "Live At Carnegie Hall 1938"

Bob Crosby & Bobcats (c/ Ray Bauduc): "Big Band Dixieland"

Esquivel: "Music From a Sparkling Planet", "Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music"

Mahavishnu Orchestra: "Birds of Fire", "Between Nothingness And Eternity", "Visions of Emerald Beyond"

Frank Zappa: "Waka Jawaka"

Lenny White: "The Adventures of Astral Pirates"

Steve Gadd: "Sunlightsquare -Urban Sessions"

Sid Catlett: "1944-1946", "Louis Live 1947(c/ Louis Armstrong)", "The Onix Club New York Live recordings 1944(c/ Teddy Wilson Sextet)"

Fats Waller:  "1942-1943"

Count Basie: "For the First Time(c/ Louis Bellson e Ray Brown)", "Count Basie:Combos"

Louis Armstrong: "Louis Live 1947", "The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings"

Dizzy Gillespie e Charlie Parker (c/ Max Roach e Sid Catlett): "Town Hall NYC June 22 1945"

Benny Goodman (c/ Gene Krupa): "The Legendary Small Groups", "Live At Carnegie Hall 1938"

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band: "The Original Dixieland Jazz Band"

Bill Evans Trio: "Waltz for Debby", "Trio 65"

Teddy Wilson: "Teddy Wilson Trio With Jo Jones-Complete Recordings", "The Onix Club New York Live recordings 1944(w/Teddy Wilson Sextet)", "Benny Goodman-The Legendary Small Groups", "Benny Goodman-Live At Carnegie Hall 1938"

Buddy Rich: "Blues Caravan", "Buddy and Sweets", "Bird and Diz"

Charlie Christian: "Seven Come Eleven"

Jojo Mayer/Nerve: "The Distance Between Zero And One"

Martyn Bennett: "Martyn Bennett", "Bothy Culture"

David Bowie:  "Lets Dance", "Labyrinth", "Earthling"

Iron Maiden: "Piece of Mind", "Somewhere in Time"

Jane´s Addiction: "Ritual de Lo Habitual"

Apollo Four Forty: "Electro Glide in Blue"

The Police: "Outlandos D'amour", "Regatta de Blanc", "Zenyatta Mondatta", "Ghost in The Machine", "Synchronicity"

Sting: "Bring on The Night(live c/ Omar Hakin)", "Ten Summoner's Tales(c/ Vinnie Colaiuta"

Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Chronicle-1976"

AC/DC: "For Those About to Rock"

Black Sabbath: "Master of Reality"

Van Halen: "Diver Down"

U2: "The Unforgettable Fire", "The Joshua Tree", "Rattle and Hum", "The Best of 1980-1990/The B-Sides", "Zooropa"

Lindsey Buckingham: "Law and Order"

Tony Bennett: "The Beat of My Heart",  "Tony Bennett and The Gene Krupa Quartet-Guard Sessions"

Meirelles e Os Copa 5: "O Som"

Erroll Garner: "Itinéraire d'un Génie"

Lou Donaldson: "Everything I Play Is Funky", "Alligator Bugaloo"

Eddie Harris: "Eddie Harris Sings The Blues"

Herbie Hancock: "Thrust"

Marlui Miranda: "Todos Os Sons"

Frank Herzberg Trio: "Handmade"

Nenê Trio: "Inverno"

The New Jersey Pecussion Ensemble: "Percussion Music"

Luciano Perrone: "Batucada Fantástica"

JB Lenoir: "Alabama Blues"

John Lee Hooker: "I Feel Good"

Buck Clayton: "The Complete CBS Buck Clayton Jam Sessions (w/ Jo Jones)"

Bill Frisell: "Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones"

Keith Jarrett Trio (c/ Jack DeJohnette): "Tribute(live)"

Woody Herman: "Blowin' Up A Storm"

Bernard "Pretty" Purdie: "Soul Drums", "Master Drummers Vol.1 e 2"

Rio 65: "A Hora e a Vez da M.P.M"

Thiago França: "Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço"

Jazz At Preservation Hall III: "Paul Barbarin & His Jazz Band/ Punch Miller's Bunch & George Lewis"

Mario de Andrade: "Missão de Pesquisas Folclóricas" (1938)

Coletâneas: "Drums Parade", "Jazz Greats vol.2", "Sonny Rollins Ballads", "Superdrummers", "New Orleans 1918-29 Where Jazz Was Born", "African Tribal Music And Dances (Recorded Live)"





"O SOM E O SENTIDO" -José Miguel Wisnik  


"STOCKHAUSEN SOBRE A MÚSICA" -Robin Maconie, Karlheinz Stockhausen






"O JAZZ- DO RAG AO ROCK" -Joachim Berendt


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