Willie Williams

(Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet)

" High intensity, high drama, high precision. "
Born on November 1, 1958 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Willie and his family moved to Philadelphia when he was only 6 months old. Raised in the tradition of Philadelphia saxophonists he was performing and recording professionally with local acts by the age of “12”. Locally he had become the most talked about youth in many years. Upon High School graduation (No.1 in his school class), Willie studied classical saxophone with Marshall Taylor and did extensive performances with many diverse ensembles. Attending the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts by day, he pursued his passion " Jazz ", by night. Performing with local organ Trios including Don Patterson, Groove Homes, Charlie Earland, Trudy Pits, and others. While leading his band in Philadelphia he was discovered by alto saxophonist Bobby Watson. Encouraged to take on New York City, he jumped at chance. He began to perform with Art Blakey, Jackie Byard, Sam Rivers, and Young Lions etc. His big break came with " Taylor's Wailers " a Quintet formed by the late drummer Arthur Taylor. During that time he also worked around New York City and toured with Clifford Jordan's Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and a host of others, including,a long and fruitful collaboration with T.S. Monk. His most recent sideman endeavor as musical director with the Mighty Pirate Orchestra, lead by Papo Vazquez, a brilliant Puerto Rican, Philly born trombonist composer and arranger, features him prominently on disc and in live solo context. Willie currently works and records with his own ensembles. After recording 4 critically acclaimed discs as a leader, he has made his mark as an award winning performer, composer, arranger, and teacher.


*Comet Ride (Willswaymusic, upcoming release) w/Gary Wang (b) Rudy Walker (d)

*W W 3 (Enja Records ) w/ Scott Colley (b) Harold Summey Jr. (d) Jazz Times " ......... Williams knows he must move his horns around to make a trio work and that he does. At just the right times he switches to soprano, breathing different registers into the music, raising the varietal quotient..... Willie Williams bears listening........." *THE ENJA BAND LIVE AT SWEET BASIL ( Enja Records ) w/ Gust William Tsilis (vib) Uri Caine (p) Michael Formanel (b) Cecil Brooks III (d) *SPIRIT WILLIE ( Enja Records ) w/ Geoff Keezer (p) Christian McBride (b) Victor Lewis (d) Dick Bogle, The Portland Skanner " The things I like about Williams' playing are he swings, his attack is energetic, he swings, he has excellent tone, he swings, he is creative, and oh yeah, he swings. This is might fine listening." *HOUSE CALLS ( New Note Records ) w/ Ronnie Mathews (p) Curtis Lundy (b) Kenny Washington (d)


T. S. Monk:

Higher Ground (Thelonious Records) *This features one of Willie’s new compositions “Millenium Dance” Cross Talk, Monk on Monk (N2K Encoded Music ) Charm, Changing of the guard, Take One (Blue Note) Kevin Mahogany: Songs and Moments (Enja Records) Arthur Taylor: Live at the Village Vanguard (Polygram) Mister A. T. (Enja Records) Ray Mantilla The New Space Station (Savant Records) * Featuring Willie’s arrangement of “Mantilla’s Jam” Gary Bartz : Shadows (Timeless Records) Clifford Jordan Big Band: Live at Condon's (Landmark ) Bobby Watson: The Inventor (Blue Note) Larry Coryell: Monk, Trane, Miles & Me (Highnote Records – HCD 7028) Papo Vazquez: Pirates and Trubadors At The Point - Pt. 1, 2 (Ubiquity Records) Carnival in San Juan (Ubiquity Records, 2003) Papo Vazquez Pirate Troubadours From the Badlands (Piacro Records) Cornell Rochester & the NP Boys: I said your mother's on the pipe. (Mores ) - Acid Jazz The Pratt Brothers Big Band: Groovy Encounters (Amosaya Records) Jeff Jerolamon Quartet: Ana May (N.Y. Jazz 1001) Cedar Walton: Roots, 1997 (Astor Place) Verve 50th Anniversary Concert Live at Carnegie Hall, CD and Video (Verve Records)-Emmy Nominated Halim Suliman and The Solzar Jazz Quartet: Word Rhythm (New City Music)

TV / Radio Credits
2005 2003 2001 1998 1997 With TS Monk – Jazz Set National Public Radio at Kennedy Center, Washington, DC With TS Monk “BET on Jazz” Other Aspects Jazz Play by Reggie Gaines, Keane College Willie Williams Trio Live at La Villa, ZDF FM Paris, France Willie Williams Trio - Manhattan Cable / Jazz Corner Willie Williams Trio Live at SUBWAY, German National TV “Colon”

Music Education
1980 B.A. Philadelphia College of Performing Arts 1973-1976 Settlement Music School, Philadelphia

Teaching Experience
2005 2004 Jazz Master Class, Bronx, NY – with Pirate Troubadours Groove Academy, New Brunswick, NJ Private Lessons, Maplewood, NJ Jazz Clinic – South Orange Middle School/NJ, Staten Island High School/NY Ocean City High School/NJ Jazz Historical Lecture Jazz Mobile, Advanced Saxophone Class - Theory I Private Instruction, New School of Music, Individual Instruction, NYC and Philadelphia Independent Instructor, Woodwind Department Harlem School of the Arts Private Saxophone Instruction, City College of New York (CCNY) Settlement Music School, Philadelphia H.S. Counselor and Instructor, Better Break Music Camp

1994 ~ 1995 1991 ~ 1989 ~ 1993 1987 ~ 1989 1982 ~ 1983 1974 ~ 1976

Movie Consultant ( Music, Saxophone )
1993 " Mo Better Blues "

Musical Awards
2004 2000 ~ 1998 1996 ~ 1994 1989 1986 “Grate Day in NJ” Photo & Profile - The Star-Ledger, NJ YAMAHA SAXOPHONE ENDORSEE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAZZ INDUCTEE ASCAP POPULAR AWARD International Association of Jazz Educators " OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO JAZZ EDUCATION " Philadelphia Musical Society Award " ARTIST DESERVING WIDER RECOGNITION IN JAZZ " Philadelphia Clef-Society " OUTSTANDING MUSICIAN IN JAZZ "

Performing Experience
2007 2006 Willie Williams Quintet Jazz For Kids St Steven's Church Milburn,NJ Willie Williams IAJE Yamaha Saxophone demonstration Gramercy Suite New York Hilton Willie Williams Trio Love Esq. Newark,NJ Willie Williams Quartet featuring (Helen Sung) New Minton's Playhouse Harlem NYC. Willie Williams Quartet Senior Center Rahway,NJ Willie Williams Quintet at the Priory Newark NJ Willie Williams and the Philly Bragade John Coltrane Fest. Philadeelphia Pa. Willie Williams Quartet, BWP presents Cecil’s Jazz Club, West Orange, NJ Black History Showcase at The Forum, Harrisburg, PA With Arturo O’Farrill at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Lincoln Center, NYC Willie Williams Duo, Sax & Guitar at Orange Lawn, South Orange, NJ Willie Williams Quartet at the Priory Newark,NJ Willie Williams Quartet Bronx Arts Fest ival Bronx New York Willie Williams live at the Penthouse Kokura Japan Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (Arturo O’Farrill/Music Director) With The Bronx Arts Ensemble/Pirate Troubadours at Hostos Center, Bronx, NY Claudio Ruditti, Easton PA Willie Williams Quartet , Rudy Walker Quintet at Priory, Newark, NJ Willie Williams Quartet at Pumpkins, Brooklyn, NY Willie Williams Quartet at Baird Center , South Orange, NJ Genetically Altered Duo – featuring Willie Williams and Cornell Rochester Harlem Renaissance Big Band With Yoran Israel at Ramapo College Jazz series 29th Street Saxophone Quartet (Europe) Ramapo College Willie Williams Special Guest-Papo Vasquez Pirates & Troubadors Rudy Walker Trio - Jazz Clinic, Ocean City, NJ Giants of Jazz tribute to James Moody, South Orange, NJ Savian Glover Ray Mantilla Ramapo College Three Tenors, Berrie Center, NJ Forbes Tribute to Lena Horn Earl May at Shanghai Jazz, Madison, NJ Willie Williams Quartet - Newark Museum Garden Lunch Concert Tribute to Benny Golson, Afro American Museum, Philadelphia, PA Jazz Corner, Manhattan Cable Willie Williams Quartet, Special featured guest at Lenox Lounge, Harlem / New York With Mickey Bass at Lenox Lounge, Harlem / New York Willie Williams Trio - Guggenheim Museum World Beat Jazz Willie Williams Trio - Germany Tour / Jazz Map Papo Vazquez Willie Williams Quartet at Visiones, New York City Willie Williams Quartet at Cape May Jazz Festival The Town Hall 75th Anniversary Jazz Concert " The Jazz Foundation of America All Stars , Award Ceremony” at New York Town Hall, NYC Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar & Bass Competition "All Star Musicians" John F. Kennedy Center All Star Reception at Vice President Al Gore's Mansion Willie Williams Quartet - Panasonic Village Jazz Festival Great Performances Verve 50th Anniversary Cornell Rochester & NP Boys Mingus Dynasty Big Band Kevin Mahogany Quartet Enja All Stars Clifford Jordan Big Band T.S. Monk Band Thelonious Monk International Drums Competition "Ensemble"/Avery Fischer, Alice Tully Hall & Lincoln Center Bobby Watson and Horizon Arthur Taylor's Wailers Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya Odean Pope's Saxophone Choir Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Don Patterson Organ Trio


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Contact for booking: Tel: (973) 275-5318 Cell Phone: (201) 463-6530 E-mail: willswaymusic@juno.com

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