"Let me tell you about life..." - JS Williams
Arguably, no other instrument in history has been as competitive as the trumpet. Yet, JS Williams has set himself apart as one of the most sought after trumpeters of his generation. Being mentored by trumpet legends such as Marcus Belgrave and Dr. Eddie Henderson has given him the foundation necessary to make an impact with his chosen craft.Williams hails from a musical family. In fact, his parents met while in a band together--his mother is a vocalist; his father was a keyboardist with legendary R&B group The Coasters.
Born and raised in New York City, Williams has the rare distinction of residing in each of its five boroughs. The multi-instrumentalist and composer is a graduate of the famous LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. Then, Williams studied at the world renown New School where he learned from greats Reggie Workman and Buster Williams. JS Williams finished his musical education at Queens College, earning his Master's Degree under the tutelage of master Arranger/Trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman.
Williams' education prepared him for life on the bandstand with a who's who of music. Over the years he has shared the stage with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsie Collins, Living Colour, Marc Cary, Winard Harper, and Les Nubians just to name a few.
The trumpeter's first outing, "The Late Bluemer" garnered acclaim as he was voted best jazz trumpeter in The Washington Paper (2013) whose contributor, Mike West, offered that Williams"has a bright, warm trumpet sound with feverish bebop chops that delve into rock and funk stylistics."
Not only a virtuoso trumpeter, Williams' is a professional vocalist and acclaimed songwriter--garnering praise in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and The USA Songwriting Contest. JS Williams can also be seen filling in on trombone and piano in venues and recording studios around the world.
The lineage of black music is on full display whenever JS Williams performs. From the field hollers of the South, to the spirituality of the black church, to the gut-wrenching emotion of the blues, to the dexterity of bebop/hardbop, to the mental gymnastics of postbop, to the electric trance of rock/fushion, along with the attitude and culture of hip-hop, Williams embodies all of it to create the art he displays.
When not reading works from his favorite authors, JS Williams balances an intense touring schedule, conducting educational workshops, and spending quality time with his family.