[JPL] James Williams

Jackson, Bobby bjackson at wcpn.org
Tue Jul 20 17:52:48 EDT 2004

I am truly saddened by the loss of James Williams.  I saw him last at a concert featuring the Contemporary Piano Ensemble here in Cleveland at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium along with Donald Brown, Geoff Keezer, Harold Mabern and Mulgrew Miller.  Suffice to say the evening was splendid.  James was always the soft-spoken gentleman, kind and generous.  He will truly be missed.


Bobby Jackson
Cleveland, OH
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That news saddens me so.  I've known him since the Blakey days 
(1980-81), and he was a very friendly, generous man who always seemed 
glad to see you, even if it had been years since your last meeting.    
I last saw him in NYC in January when he was very pleased to hand me 
his set of four CDs of "Jazz Dialogues" which included more than 40 
duets with various musicians.  He was rightfully proud of the set and 
it's a fitting reminder of his spirit of sharing the music and the 
spotlight with others.   There's a nice photo of James at one of our 
meetings at http://jazzafterhours.org/gallery.html

Rest in peace, my friend.

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

> I just got a phone call from Flo Dawson, the widow of Alan Dawson. She 
> told me James Williams passed away last night.
> Eric Jackson
> Mon - Thurs 7 PM - Midnight
> WGBH Boston 89.7
> www.WGBH.org

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