Billy Novick is the penultimate woodwind and reeds player. Equally comfortable playing traditional Irish folk music (on the pennywhistle), New Orleans jazz (on clarinet and soprano sax), straight-ahead jazz, swing (on alto and soprano saxophones), and acoustic folk music (on clarinet and saxophone), Novick has maintained a seemingly impossible pace as a musician. In addition to performing an annual average of one hundred gigs with trad jazz ensemble Black Eagle Jazz Band and an annual average of 50 gigs with fingerstyle guitarist Guy Van Duser, Novick has been featured on numerous advertising jingles and film soundtracks. Novick arranged, performed, and served as music director for Dave Van Ronk's jug band interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Peter and the Wolf in 1991. Novick has recently performed and recorded with his own straight-ahead jazz band, Shades of Swing. Their debut album, Swing So Sweetly, released in 1992, was followed by Remembering You in 1994. Novick recorded an album, T Is Always, with jazz saxophonist Herb Pomeroy in 1996.