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8 March 1951, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 20 July 2004, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. Williams studied piano formally from the age of 13, later playing church organ. His studies took him to Memphis State University, where he also encountered Memphis-based pianists Mulgrew Miller and Donald Brown, and he also explored the work of Phineas Newborn Jnr. Williams home-town musical links were further strengthened through relationships with established Memphis artists such as pianist Harold Mabern, bass player Jamil Nasser and saxophonists George Coleman and Frank Strozier. In 1973, Williams took up a teaching post at Berklee College Of Music, and the following year, joined Alan Dawsons band with which he accompanied visiting musicians including Arnett Cobb, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson, Red Norvo and Sonny Stitt. In 1977, he made his first album as a leader and, much more significantly, met Art Blakey. He quit Berklee to join Blakeys Jazz...