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Steve Williams grew up in Washington, DC. He continued his music education at the University of Miami. There he joined Monty Alexander's band, with whom he started to perform on the international scene. He furthered his music education in New York, with Billy Hart.
Back in Washington, Williams played with Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Williams, Woodie Shaw, Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, John Hicks, Larry Willis, Mulgrew Miller and many others. He joined Gary Thomas' band, with whom he recorded one of his first compositions, "Pads".
Then he joined Shirley Horn, who would keep for twenty-five years the same rhythm section: Charles Ables (bass) and Steve Williams (drums)

Bernstein Reimagined

Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2021
Track listing: Times Square Ballet; Dream with Me; Great Lover; Lonely Town; Morning Sun; Waltz; Meditation #1; Chichester Psalms I; Postlude; Symphonic Suite.

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance

Read "Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On December 30, 2020, pianist Frank Kimbrough passed away at the age of 64. True to form, 2020 wreaked havoc until the end. The cause of death was not Covid-19, but the shock at the untimely loss of a revered artist was not any less powerful. Frank Kimbrough had the rare gift of touching ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Larry Corban: Emergence

Read "Emergence" reviewed by Geannine Reid

New York guitarist Larry Corban has once again come together with the Aperturistic Trio—pianist James Weidman, bassist Harvie S, drummer Steve Williams—for his fifth recording Emergence. Though titled like a debut album Emergence features a seasoned Corban employing a Gibson L-5 that easily navigates bold swinging on up-tempo burners, and tender musings on lyrical ballads. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shirley Horn: Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens

Read "Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

“Horn did ballads and cool, understated ruminations better than anyone except her first champion, mentor and lifelong friend, trumpeter Miles Davis. Both were masters of silence and anticipation, but even Davis teased Horn about her pacing. 'You do 'em awful slow!' he once said.'" Richard Harrington, Washington Post. The incandescence that was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Aperturistic Trio: Truth and Actuality

Read "Truth and Actuality" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

L'Aperturistic Trio possiede la vocazione a esprimere concetti mainstream con rigore tecnico impeccabile e superficiale tendenza a modernizzare la tavolozza espressiva. Senza sconvolgere nulla nel panorama generale, Truth and Actuality stabilisce l'assoluta centralitĂ  del fraseggio boppistico e la conseguente aderenza ad un'idea di pulsazione swing. Non mancano aperture di credito al free -come nella ballad ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Larry Corban & The Aperturistic Trio: The Corbanator

Read "The Corbanator" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New York-based guitarist Larry Corban took his time creating a follow-up to his debut-- Moving 4-Ward (Self Produced, 2002); it would be more than a decade before album number two--The Circle Starts Here (Nabroc Records, 2013)--would appear, but that one got the ball rolling again. Corban formed a strong connection with his trio mates on that ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bob Mover Quartet Sept. 23 At Lilypad In Cambridge, MA

Bob Mover Quartet Sept. 23 At Lilypad In Cambridge, MA

The Bob Mover Quartet will perform at Lilypad in Cambridge, MA on Monday, September 23 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Saxophonist/vocalist Mover will be joined by guitarist Joe Cohn, bassist Will Slater and drummer Bob Gullotti. Lilypad is at 1353 Cambridge St. at Cambridge's Inman Square. Tickets for the performance are $15, or $10 with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Murphy: A Beautiful Friendship: Remembering Shirley Horn

Read "A Beautiful Friendship: Remembering Shirley Horn" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

In his time, vocalist Mark Murphy has been described as hip, cool, swinging, fearless, gruff, and eccentric (among other things). Some-- but most definitely not all--of these terms could also be applied to Shirley Horn. So it's fitting that Murphy should pay tribute to his compatriot, as he does on A Beautiful Friendship: Remembering Shirley Horn, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Larry Corban: The Circle Starts Here

Read "The Circle Starts Here" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Guitarist Larry Corban keeps a picture of Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) on the wall of his practice room. The Belgium-born Gypsy guitarist/swing pioneer was a master of tripping from single note melodies to crisp chords--and keeping it all swinging in his collaborations with violinist Stephane Grappelli.Corban takes his Django inspiration well on the opener of ...


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