Eddie Williams

This name comes up frequently on the jazz scene, the lack of an entire combo made up of players named Eddie Williams more the result of missed opportunities than statistical impossibilities. The New Orleans radio and television producer and announcer of this name surely knows this, having spent his entire career up to his chin in jazz and blues, the mouth being left clear in order to make announcements. He certainly must have had the pleasure of identifying sidemen who are also named Eddie Williams, a list that includes a bassist, a trumpeter, and a saxophonist, among others. Jazz listeners do not have to tune in a particular station to hear this man, as he performs spoken word parts on several recordings, including a 1968 collection from vocalist Eddie Jefferson and Branford Marsalis' 1983 Scenes in a City. Williams' recording credits also include a number of liner notes written for major modern jazz artists such as Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Booker Ervin. On radio, Williams became known blasting Delta blues out of Greenville, MS. He eventually hosted Three Way TV, New Orleans' first black dance/music show. ~ Eugene Chadbourne

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