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John Williams

b, *1941 US
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. John B. Williams

John Williams (born on February 27th, 1941 in Bronx, New York, NY, USA) is an American bassist and occasional actor. In 1964, he began studying classical bass with Ron Carter, after spending 4 years in the military. He studied for three years before auditioning for the The Horace Silver Quintet. The band stayed together for two years, after which Williams went on to play with several different artists, including Hugh Masekela, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell and Roland Hanna. He recorded with Roy Ayers, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter and Billy Cobham among others. From 1969 to 1976 he was part of the studio band of "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. In 1975 he formed a band of his own, called "Expectations". The line-up included saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Bill Mays, and later, Bobby Lyle, then Milcho Leviev, guitarist Mitchel Forman, percussionist Steve Forman, drummer Ted Hawk, and sound & special effects engineer Fred Stites. The band was a success, but ended up splitting. Afterwards, Williams continued on doing freelance work and recording with such artists as Benny Carter, Louis Bellson, Pearl Bailey, Lainie Kazan, Moacir Santos, Airto Moreira, and Freddie Hubbard. In the fall of 1976, Williams was asked to join the "Nancy Wilson Trio", which began a twenty-five year musical relationship with Nancy Wilson. In 1989, Williams joined another late night show band, "The Posse" on "The Arsenio Hall Show", where he also started the "John B. Williams Poetry Moment". While performing at clubs in Los Angeles, he started adding poetry and monologues to his music, a fusion which came about in part from his collaboration with the playwright Bradley Rand Smith. That collaboration gave birth to "Jazz Theater," which combines the two art forms: theater (spoken word) and jazz. After "The Arsenio Hall Show" ended, Williams released a live album with Bennie Maupin and continued to work as a freelancer. He has also released a solo album "Gratitude", and he keeps on promoting "Jazz Theater".

  • Bass
  • Bass guitar
  • Electric piano
  • Jazz
  • Latin
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
Duel of the Fates on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace by John Williams
Theme From Jurassic Park on Jurassic Park by John Williams
The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams
Across the Stars (Love Theme from "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones") on Star Wars: Attack of the Clones by John Williams
Hedwig's Theme on Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by John Williams
Theme From Schindler's List on Schindler's List by John Williams
Prologue on Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by John Williams
Cantina Band on Star Wars: A New Hope by John Williams
Star Wars (Main Theme) on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams
Leaving Hogwarts on Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by John Williams

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Band Members
Title Artist Year Type
ArabesqueJohn Williams2011Album
John - Doc & HerbFessors Nighthawks Featuring: John Williams - Doc Cheatham - Herb Hall1979Album
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