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Ben Williams

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Jazz bassist Ben Williams is a forward-thinking musician who crosses easily between straight-ahead, funk, and gospel-influenced jazz. A native of Washington, D.C., Williams graduated from the Duke Ellington School of Music before studying with renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker while earning a B.A. in jazz studies at Michigan State University. He is an in-demand sideman and has performed with a veritable who’s who of jazz, including Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Mulgrew Miller, Terence Blanchard, and others. Williams is also a regular member of Stefon Harris’ hip-hop-influenced Blackout ensemble and leads his own group. In 2009 Williams won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and subsequently signed a recording deal with Concord Records. In 2011 he released his debut solo album, State of Art. (Bio via allmusic)

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  • BitchImDoinWork

    cool stuff.

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    I could also add Tia Fuller to the list

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    Christian Scott, Ambrose Akinmusire, Robert Glasper, Gerald Clayton, Walter Smith III, Jaleel Shaw, Marcus Strickland, Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi, Sean Jones, Ben Williams... I'm really a fan of this promising new generation of jazz.

    3 Oct 2011 Reply
  • littleedad

    Love this cat.

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
  • mafiasentinel21

    Incredible. The best aspects of the realms of funk, jazz, and R&B.

    29 Jul 2011 Reply

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