Trumpeter, composer, and singer/songwriter JS Williams music blends funk and soul with jazz to create a vibrant sound that resonates.
His debut independent recording, The Late BLUEmer, shines with thought-provoking melodies, rich harmonies, and a stellar cast of musicians.
Although he credits trumpeter Clifford Brown as his inspiration to play, his musical influences range from Beethoven to John Coltrane to The Roots.
A New York City native, Williams began honing his skills at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts with the aid of Justin DiCioccio and Bob Stewart. After graduating, his talents took him to Howard University where he spent a year under the tutelage of esteemed educators and musicians Fred Irby III and Charles Covington.
Williams made his way back to New York City and finished his education at the acclaimed The New School. While there, he studied under trumpet greats: Cecil Bridgewater, Charles Tolliver, Derrick Gardner, Jimmie Owens, and former Jazz Messenger Valery Ponomarev.
Since receiving his Masters Degree at Queens College under the acclaimed trumpeter/arranger Michael Philip Mossman, Williams has performed with The United States Marine Corp All-Star Jazz Ensemble, the New Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Valery Ponomarev, Bohemian Caverns, and Harlem Renaissance Jazz Orchestras. He has shared the stage with a vast array of artists including Bobby Short, Gregory Porter, Eric Roberson, and Chuchito Valdes. He is currently performing with Winard Harper & Jeli Posse.
JS Williams continues to study, educate, and perform music around the country. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for performances and/or clinics.