Steve Williams (jazz drummer)
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Williams in New York City, 2007
|Birth name||Stephen Edward Williams|
January 7, 1956|
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Associated acts||Shirley Horn|
From Washington, D.C.
Williams was born in Rochester, New York and grew up in Washington, D.C. He went to the University of Miami, where he joined Monty Alexander's band, with whom he started to perform on the internationally. He furthered his music education in New York, with Billy Hart.
Williams played in Washington with Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Williams, Woody Shaw, Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, John Hicks, Larry Willis, and Mulgrew Miller. He joined Gary Thomas' band, with whom he recorded one of his first compositions, "Pads".
With Shirley Horn
Then he joined Shirley Horn, who would keep for twenty-five years the same rhythm section: Charles Ables (bass) and Steve Williams (drums). Critic Don Heckman wrote in the Los Angeles Times (February 2, 1995) about "the importance of bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams to the Horn's sound. Working with boundless subtlety, following her every spontaneous twist and turn, they were the ideal accompanists for a performer who clearly will tolerate nothing less than perfection". His music relationship with the pianist and singer gave him the opportunity to tour the world and record with such artists as Toots Thielemans, Branford Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis, Carmen McRae, Roy Hargrove and Miles Davis.
To New York City
After his long collaboration with Shirley Horn, who died in 2005, Williams moved back to New York City in 2006, where he studied with Michael Carvin. He performs with the Slagle/Stryker Band, Paul Bollenback, Roni Ben-Hur, Larry Willis, the John Hicks Legacy Band, Bill Saxton, Bob Mover, Amy London, Sara Lazarus, Ben Vereen, Joe Lovano, Eddie Henderson, Carmen Lundy, Bob Stewart, and Clifton Anderson.
His first album as leader was New Incentive, which included musicians Olivier Hutman (p), Michael Bowie (b), Donvonte McCoy (t), and Antoine Roney (s), John Hicks, Gary Bartz, and Roy Hargrove.
- 2006: New Incentive (Elabeth)
With Shirley Horn
- 1987: All of Me
- 1987: I Thought About You
- 1987: The Garden of the Blues
- 1988: Softly
- 1989: Close Enough for Love
- 1991: You Won't Forget Me
- 1992: Here's to Life
- 1993: Light Out of Darkness (A Tribute to Ray Charles)
- 1994: I Love You, Paris
- 1996: The Main Ingredient
- 1997: Loving You
- 1998: I Remember Miles
- 2001: You're My Thrill
- 2003: May the Music Never End
- 2005: But Beautiful
- 1988: Code Violations - Gary Thomas
- 1989: Masters from Different Worlds - Clifford Jordan and Ran Blake
- 1989: In Good Company - Joe Williams
- 1990: Sarah: Dedicated to You - Carmen McRae
- 1991: For My Lady - Toots Thielemans
- 1992: Glengarry Glen Ross (soundtrack) - Various
- 1995: Ramona - Jeffery Smith
- 1996: Monterey Jazz Festival - 40 Legendary Years - Various
- 1997: Ballads from the Black Sea - Datevik
- 1998: American Rhapsody - Vienna Art Orchestra
- 1999: Trio+Strings - John Hicks
- 2000: Sketches of James - Various
- 2000: The Face of Love - Eugene Maslov
- 2000: The Legacy Lives On - The Legacy Band
- 2008: Wild Is Love - Jamie Broumas
- "Steve Williams discography". www.abrushfire.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.