Born: January, 1965 Primary Instrument: Drums
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...
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 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
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.