Steve Williamson

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Steve Williamson
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Steve Williamson
Background information
Birth name Stephen Williamson
Born (1964-06-28) June 28, 1964 (age 50)
Origin London, England
Occupation(s) saxophonist, composer
Instruments Tenor, soprano and alto saxophones, keyboards
Years active 1982 – present
Labels Verve, Universal Distribution, Polydor
Associated acts Louis Moholo, Chris McGregor, Jazz Warriors, Julian Joseph

Steve Williamson (born 28 June 1964) is an English saxophonist and composer.(tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, keyboard and composition).


Born in London,[1] Steve Williamson began playing saxophone at the age of 16 and started his career playing in Reggae bands (Misty in Roots). In 1984 and 1985 he studied at London's Guildhall School of Music, where he was tutored by Lionel Grigson. He was a member of the noted collective of British-born black jazz musicians who came together as the Jazz Warriors in the mid-1980s.[1] At the Nelson Mandela 70th birthday open-air festival in 1988 Williamson played alongside Courtney Pine in Wembley Stadium and afterwards was a constant presence at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. He was member of Louis Moholo's Viva La Black (1988) and of Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath (1990). During the 1990s he led his own band and appeared in projects of Iain Ballamy, Maceo Parker, Bheki Mseleku, US3, and Graham Haynes.

In 1990 Williamson released his first album A Waltz for Grace with Verve, featuring vocalist Abbey Lincoln. In 1992 he released his second album, Rhyme Time, followed by Journey to Truth in 1994, featuring Cassandra Wilson.

Steve Williamson's career is based on the constant study of harmony and research of the all possible harmonic approaches to composition. His musical knowledge – from studies of West African music to the deconstruction of Debussy's harmony – is wide and gives him the opportunity to experiment with his music, creating always innovative and unique compositions.[citation needed].


As Leader

As Sideman



  1. ^ a b Steve Williamson biography, Jazz Services.

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