Powerful young jazz saxophonist
Bruce Williams has made his presence known on the jazz scene by garnering critical attention with his own enthusiastically received albums, Brotherhood and Altoicity. Bruce has made an indelible impression as a sideman on over 20 other albums and video recordings, and has performed, toured, and recorded with a long roster of jazz legends such as Little Jimmy Scott, Frank Foster, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and more. He’s also mentored some of the best in the business, including Frank Foster, Branford Marsalis, Joe Ford, Laura George, William Shadle, Oliver Lake and Cecil Brooks III.
Bruce has been an honored recipient of awards from DownBeat magazine and The Charlie Parker Music and More Foundation, and has been featured on two Grammy nominated recordings. Bruce is currently the newest and youngest member of the internationally recognized jazz group "The World Saxophone Quartet", as well as a member of the "Thelonious Monk Legacy Septet." He also leads four bands of his own - a quartet, a quintet, a jazz organ trio, and a progressive electric jazz group.
A noted jazz educator and mentor to young jazz musicians; Bruce has given master classes at Ohio State, Iowa State, The Jazz Institute of New Jersey, The University of District of Columbia, Princeton University, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center “Jazz for Teens” program, and the Paris Conservatory in France. He has served as an adjunct saxophone instructor at both the New School for Social Research (Mannes School of Music) in NYC, Princeton, and William Paterson Universities in New Jersey while continuing to nurture a healthy roster of private students of his own.