Eddie Williams got his first saxophone in 6th grade. He continued in concert band and jazz ensembles, including The York High School Jazz Ensemble, placing second in the Montreux Jazz Festival competition. After graduating, Eddie went to Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Eddie played in a number of groups including Nite Flight, Little Big Band, Bill Deal & the Rhondells, and Pocket Edition. In 1979, he joined vocalist, Jeanine Marie. The Las Vegas based band played L.A. and Atlantic City opening for Bill Cosby, Rich Little, and George Carlin. Eddie conducted the Jerry Lewis Telethon Orchestra during this period.

In 1982, Eddie formed "Eddie and the New Band", a popular band that played a wide variety of music. He later joined Richmond based group "Secrets" where he played with Dave Matthews drummer, Carter Beauford, and recorded the CD "Nine Sharp" featuring Eddie's earliest compositions.

Eddie taught at the Governor's School for the Arts for 10 years. He also taught improvisation at Norfolk State University. Focusing more on acoustic and more traditional jazz, Eddie has performed with talented pianist, John Toomey in many different settings.

Eddie has performed with: Gladys Knight, Ben Vereen, Randy Brecker, Burt Bacharach and Rick Margitza, to name a few, and has been a featured soloist in front of a growing list of Symphonies across the country.

Eddie can be found these days performing with Karl Werne and Curtis Eley, and when on the Outer Banks, with drummer Dan Martier.

Visions Magazine's "Award of Excellence" article/interview with Eddie Williams

Visit Eddie Williams Web Site

"Eddie Williams listens better
than most people play."
- Karl Werne

Email Eddie at: newsax@juno.com

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