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Bruce Williamson (2011)

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In the movie "Public Enemies" with Johnny Depp, there's a sultry version of "Bye Bye, Blackbird with Diana Krall. Who's the saxophonist accompanying her? Bruce Williamson.

In fact, Bruce is on a lot of movie soundtracks. He's one of those A-List players in the New York area whom you often hear but seldom see. But he's not a native of the Big Apple: born in Portland, he grew up in Oakland, and played organ in his older brother's R&B band as a teenager, and performed with the likes of Benny Green and Mark Levine.

Since those days in the '70s, Bruce has performed at clubs and festivals worldwide with the likes of Fred Hersch, Jack McDuff, Bobby McFerrin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Dave Douglas. For decades he's performed with Art Lande, who appears on Bruce's newest recording, "Standard Transmission" on Origin Records.

Bruce is a true multi-instrumentalist who can play any reed or woodwind instrument—saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, piccolo—and keyboard instruments, too, piano, organ, ….

Bruce is a long-time educator at such places as Purchase College (SUNY), Hunter College (CUNY), and currently at Bennington College. He has also been awarded Jazz Composition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Armour Foundation.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil Infant Eyes Blue Note
# 2 McCoy Tyner Passion Dance The Real McCoy Blue Note
# 3 Cannonball Adderley The Cannonball Adderley Quintet at the Lighthouse A Sack o'Woe Capitol
# 4 Ivan Lins Live at MCG Feitio de Oração Heads Up
# 5 Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra, Music for Strings, Piano and Celesta, Chicago Symphony, conducted by James Levine Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 Deutsche Grammophon
# 6 Nguyen Lê Purple: Celebrating Jimi Hendrix Manic Depression ACT
# 7 John Coltrane Ballads Say It Impulse
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