Stu Williamson

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Not to be confused with: Stu Williamson photographer

Stu Williamson (May 14, 1933 – October 1, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter and valve trombonist.


Born in Brattleboro, Vermont, Williamson was the younger brother of jazz pianist Claude Williamson. Williamson relocated to Los Angeles in 1949 and became a regular on the West Coast scene, playing with Stan Kenton (1951, 1954-1955), Woody Herman (1952-1953), Billy May, and Charlie Barnet. Between 1954 and 1958 he played intermittently with Shelly Manne, and was a ubiquitous session musician until 1968, when he retired from music. He battled drug addiction for much of his life, including for years after he left music. He died in Studio City, California in 1991.

Discography[edit]

  • Sapphire ( Compilation with Charlie Mariano Plays - Bethlehem Recordings)
  • Stu Williamson Plays (Bethlehem, 1955)
  • Stu Williamson (Bethlehem, 1956)

With Pepper Adams

With Clifford Brown's All Stars

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Elmo Hope

With Stan Kenton

With Shelly Manne

With Jack Montrose

With Lennie Niehaus


With Shorty Rogers

With Pete Rugolo

With Bud Shank

With Duane Tatro

  • Jazz For Moderns (Contemporary, 1956)

With Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars

With Zoot Sims

  • Quintet (Prestige 1955) reissue Good Old Zoot (Status 1965) (Zootcase Prestige 1970 2 LPs)

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