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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)

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Article: Album Review

Sue Maskaleris: Love is the Key

Read "Love is the Key" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Jazz composer Sue Maskaleris has quite the arsenal of skills in her toolbox. A pianist, vocalist, and crack lyricist, she bestows wry wit in her approach to writing that harkens to Dave Frishberg. Maskaleris is a product of the rich hummus of New York schools. She studied arranging with Don Sebesky and composition at Manhattan School ...

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Dream With Me

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Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2021
Duration: 6:03

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Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra: Bernstein Reimagined

Read "Bernstein Reimagined" reviewed by Jack Bowers


This impressive anthology by the superb Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra is not so much Bernstein Reimagined as Bernstein Unleashed. The jazz component in Leonard Bernstein's memorable compositions for symphony orchestra, Broadway shows, films and even liturgical works always lay simmering just below the surface. As Bernstein is said to have confided to Duke Ellington: “Maybe that's ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 centralità del fraseggio boppistico e la conseguente aderenza ad un'idea di pulsazione swing. Non mancano aperture di credito al free -come nella ballad ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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