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James Williams


Pianist Adam Williams channeled the gospel and R&B affects of his youngsters to forge a soulful, deeply expressive method of modern jazz. A gifted soloist and accompanist, he was also a reputed manufacturer and educator. Blessed in Memphis on March 8, 1951, Williams started piano lessons at age group 13. A enthusiast of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and Ramsey Lewis, he spent six years because the organist with Memphis’ Eastern Superstar Baptist Cathedral before learning music education at Memphis Condition School. After befriending fellow pianists Mulgrew Miller and Donald Dark brown, Williams changed his concentrate to jazz, sketching impact from Hank Jones, Ahmad Jamal, and regional star Phineas Newborn. At only 22 Williams became a member of the faculty of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, additionally support touring jazz dignitaries like Milt Jackson, Artwork Farmer, and Sonny Stitt in groupings led by colleague Alan Dawson. During his five years at Berklee, the pianist also created his compositional abilities, and in 1977 released his 1st LP being a head, the Zim label discharge Flying Shades. Williams joined Artwork Blakey’s Jazz Messengers the next calendar year, completing a lineup that included a Wynton Marsalis. This iteration of Blakey’s long-running group trim no less than ten LPs on the following four years. Upon exiting the Jazz Messengers Williams resolved in NEW YORK, where he collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, and Kenny Burrell furthermore to leading his very own projects, included in this his vocal/instrumental combo Intensive Treatment Unit, an organization featuring saxophonist Costs Pierce, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Tony Reedus. In 1987 Williams reunited with Blakey and bassist Ray Dark brown within the Magical Trio. Afterwards incarnations included drummers Elvin Jones and Jeff “Tain” W. He also founded his very own production company, Finas Sound, with Miller and Dark brown launched the Modern Piano Ensemble, an organization dedicated to protecting and marketing the music of Phineas Newborn. In 1999 William Paterson School called Williams its movie director of jazz research; he continued to be with the institution until he was identified as having the liver cancer tumor that stated his lifestyle on July 20, 2004.

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Height 1.73 m
Profession Psychologist, Philosopher, Professor, Author
Nationality American
Parents Le'Roy Williams, Angela Williams
Siblings Tyrel Jackson Williams, Tylen Jacob Williams
Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Music Groups The Jazz Messengers
Music Songs Don't Run Away, Moment of Truth, Guardian Angel, You Belong To Me, Me and You, Self Defeat, Tonight's the Night, Let It Shine, Drawers on the Floor, You, My Sister, It Takes Time, Believe Again, Running 'Em Down, Simple, Think We Could
Albums Magical Trio 2, Magical Trio 1, Meet the Magical Trio, Together - Spolu, Africaine, Eclectic Shred, Alter Ego, Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Volume Forty-Two, Talkin' Trash, I Remember Clifford, Up to the Minute Blues, Praisology: The Freshman Years, Awesome!, Truth, Justice and the Blues, Together, James Williams Meets the Saxophone Masters, Focus, Lunatic Pandora, Miracles of the Heart (Bonus Track Version), The Best of Ronald Muldrow
Nominations BET YoungStars Award, Grammy Award for Best Rap Song, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-series), Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Comedy
Movies Dear White People, We the Peeples, Let It Shine, Unaccompanied Minors, The Ant Bully, Our Show
TV Shows Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Ultimate Spider-Man, Go On, The Cleaner, Everybody Hates Chris, Little Bill, The Walking Dead

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