A Chicago-based pianist, composer, vocalist and producer, Williams began teaching Jazz Piano and Vocal students at Wheaton Conservatory in 2006. He is a Grammy-nominated pianist/arranger for Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, with whom he toured in the mid 1980s. After settling in Chicago he brought his talents to such classic venues as The Green Mill and The Gold Star Sardine Bar (serving there as musical director.)
In the world of broadcasting he was co-host/creator of WFMT's internationally syndicated "Words and Music" program. His compositions have been incorporated into multiple film soundtracks, and an original orchestral tone poem to Martin Luther King's "Letter From A Birmingham Jail Cell" is perennially revived for the civil rights leader's birthday.
Williams leads his own 10-piece band, "The 21st Century Review," a group that toured the Middle East and India and, most recently, appears on the CD "Investigation."
His trio was featured at the 2017 Chicago Jazz Festival, and he is currently writing and producing an original musical entitled "The Magic Word." Williams is also collaborating with his wife, vocalist and pianist Amy Jill, on a soon-to-be-released CD, "Back and Forth." He continues to appear regularly in Chicago and also operates his local recording studio, Eloquent Sound Chicago.