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About this week’s featured Artist:
Greg Williamson is a jazz drummer percussionist composer musical instigator and keeper of a jazz flame. Early musical highlights include stints with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd (1988-89) The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1988) and The Harry James Orchestra. He toured many times with Steve Allen’s re-creation of the Tonight Show alongside classic entertainers like singers Joe Williams and Rosemary Clooney pianist Paul Smith comedians Louis Nye and Bill “Jose Jimenez” Dana and others. Through the 1990’s Greg was seen often onstage leading and contracting with icons like Don Rickles Bob Newhart and Joan Rivers; and as a regular member of jazz vocal icon Ernestine Anderson.
Williamson’s early influences included Count Basie and Thelonious Monk. Personal mentorships with jazz hero’s like Ray Brown Mel Lewis Buddy Catlett Jeff Hamilton John Clayton and Red Kelley set him up for a long association with Grammy nominated vocalist Ernestine Anderson. Starting as her drummer of choice for many tours of the United States Japan and South America he eventually acted as her musical director.