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Greg Williamson

Born: January, 1965    Primary Instrument: Drums

Greg Williamson

BIO - The Short Version

Greg Williamson, drummer, percussionist and composer, has toured as a member of the swinging big bands of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Harry James. He has appeared on over 30 CDs, including the recent “JazzIn It” by singer Dee Daniels, which charted #1 across Canada. He travelled several years with Steve Allen and Tonight Show Live with legendary pianist Paul Smith. He has performed with Seattle's own and widely renown vocalist Ernestine Anderson since 1991, acting in later years as her musical director. He has led his own groups ranging from Greg Williamson Quartet to the Pony Boy All-Star Big Band, and recently formed an organ-quartet “The Young Lizards” bringing jazz sounds to the alt-club scene. He also focuses on large scale multi-media projects, including the award winning “Conversations & Deconstructions” the “1909 AYP - Jazz Music For Seattle's World's Fair.” Greg's early experiences came from hanging out with the cats on the scene - legendary jazzers like Buddy Catlett, Ray Brown, Red Kelly, Bill Ramsay and Jay Thomas. In 1994 he founded Pony Boy Records which has produced 40 releases, the annual Pony Boy Records Jazz Picnic, and the weekly series Jazz & Sushi. He is the musical director for Boxley's Jazz Club in North Bend, WA, which features music nightly, and hopes to continue to foster jazz music, and hang out with the cats on the scene...
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Awards:

• Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award "For Significant and Enduring Contributions to the Seattle Jazz Scene" to Greg Williamson and Pony Boy Records Jazz Picnic • Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award Nomination "Conversations & Deconstructions" CD and Concert
”Williamson provides supple, swinging underpinnings.” - Jazz Steps

“Williamson drives with a big band energy.” - Cadence Review

“Capturing a groove and sticking with it, a nimble rhythm section... how could you miss?” -Jazz Times

“High on the rhythmic and melodic slam-o-meter... with lushness and rich lustre.”- The Rocket

“His enthusiasm is infectious... something very special.” - Earshot Jazz

The Young Lizards "Our Modern Lifestyle" 2011 PB50170-2 Greg Williamson & Pony Boy Large Ensemble "Conversations & Deconstructions" 2007 PB50153-2 Greg Williamson Quartet "Oo-Bop" 2005 PB50146-2 Pony Boy Records Greg Williamson's "Double Sax Quintet" 2004 PB50132-2 Pony Boy Records Greg Williamson & the Big Bad Groove Society "Swing Your Big Head" 1997 PB50110-2 Pony Boy Records Greg Williamson & the Big Bad Groove Society "Live at Kellys - 10 years" 1994, 2004 PB50140-2 Pony Boy Records drums on: Zachary Kellogg "Red Velvet" 2010 PB50166-2 Karen Shivers Quartet "Live at Boxley's" 2010 PB50164-2 Danny Kolke Trio "A New Meaning" 2009 PB50162-2 Dee Daniels "JazzIn It" 2007 Origin Records Vern Sielert Dektet "From There To Here" 2007 PB50154-2 Pony Boy Records Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra "In Progress" 2006 PB50152-2 Pony Boy Records Karen Shivers "Precious Love" 2005 PB50145-2 Pony Boy Records Connie Evingson "Gypsy In My Soul" 2004 ASIN: B0007CKALK Minnehaha Records Buddy Catlett "Here Comes Buddy Catlett" 2004 PB50141-2 Pony Boy Records Jon Hamar "Basso Profundo" 2004 PB50137-2 Pony Boy Records Dan O'Brien Group "Inside Out" 2003 PB50136-2 Pony Boy Records Woitach & Holloway "Guitar & Bass" 2001 PB50131-2 Pony Boy Records Brian Nova Quartet "Blue and Bossa Nova" 2001 PB50125-2 Pony Boy Records Bob Rivers "Chipmunks Roasting On an Open Fire" 2000 83389 Atlantic Records Hans Brehmer "When God Was A Boy" 2000 PB50123-2 Pony Boy Records Charlie May Big Band "Gaylord Jones" 2000 PB50126-2 Pony Boy Records Lance Buller & the Monarchs "Hipsters Paradise" 1999 PB50119-2 Pony Boy Records HB Radke & the Jet City Swingers "Live" 1998 PB50116-2 Pony Boy Records Lance Buller & the Monarchs "It's Party Time" 1998 PB50115-2 Pony Boy Records Charlie May "Relaxing with Charlie May" 1998 PB50118-2 Pony Boy Records Bob Rivers "More Twisted Christmas" 1997 83043 Atlantic Records Brian Nova Trio "Live at Belltown Billiards" 1996 PB50108-2 Pony Boy Records Randy Halberstadt "Clockwork" 1995 PB50106-2 Pony Boy Records Randy Halberstadt "Inner Voice" 1991 PB50107-2 Pony Boy Records Ernestine Anderson "Late at Night" 1992 KICJ113 Paddle Wheel/King Records/Concord Japan The Trio "Carpe Diem" 1989 audio composition re-mix on Carolyn Graye "Poems by Denise Levertov" 2005 PB50142-2 Pony Boy Records

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Primary Instrument:
Drums

Location:
Seattle, WA

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
http://www.ponyboyrecords.com/files/williamson/williamson_teach_studio.pdf

Clinic/Workshop Information:
http://www.ponyboyrecords.com/files/williamson/williamson_teach_studio.pdf

Bosphorus Cymbals Endorsement Artist Garcia Drums (snare) Artist Gretch Drums

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