Stu Williamson

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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.

In 1949, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Billy May, Charlie Barnet, and Shelly Manne. He worked often as a session musician until his retirement in 1968. He battled drug addiction for much of his life and died in Studio City, California in 1991.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • Sapphire (Bethlehem, 1955)
  • Stu Williamson Plays (Bethlehem, 1955)
  • A Jazz Band Ball with Jack Sheldon (Bethlehem, 1957)
  • Stu Williamson (Bethlehem, 1958)

As sideman or guest[edit]

With Pepper Adams

With Clifford Brown's All Stars

With Benny Carter

With Terry Gibbs

  • Dream Band recorded 1959 (Contemporary, 1986)
  • The Dream Band, Vol. 2: The Sundown Sessions recorded 1959 (Contemporary, 1987)
  • Dream Band, Vol. 3: Flying Home recorded 1959 (Contemporary, 1988)
  • The Exciting Terry Gibbs Big Band (Verve, 1961); reissued as Dream Band, Vol. 4: Main Stem (Contemporary, 1990)

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Elmo Hope

With Stan Kenton

With Shelly Manne

With Jack Montrose

With Lennie Niehaus

  • Volume 1: The Quintets (Contemporary, 1955)
  • Volume 2: The Octet, No. 1 (Contemporary, 1955)
  • Volume 3: The Octet, No. 2 (Contemporary, 1956)
  • Volume 4: The Quintets and Strings (Contemporary, 1956)
  • Volume 5: The Sextet (Contemporary, 1957)

With Shorty Rogers

With Pete Rugolo

With Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars

  • Lighthouse All Stars vol. 6 (Contemporary, 1955)
  • In the Solo Spotlight (Contemporary, 1955)

With Bud Shank

With Zoot Sims

  • Quintet (Prestige, 1955) reissue Good Old Zoot (Status, 1965) (Prestige, 1970)

With Duane Tatro

  • Jazz for Moderns (Contemporary, 1956)


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Stu Williamson". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 October 2018.