Elbert Skippy Williams

Born: July 27, 1916 Tuscaloosa, AL

R&B, Jazz Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet Count Basie, Duke Ellington

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


Elmer, or Elbert, Skippy Williams (July 27, 1916 – February 28, 1994) was a jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger.

First credited as the arranger for some July 12, 1939 recordings for Earl Hines and His Orchestra, Skippy Williams is best known as the substitute for Ben Webster in Duke Ellington's orchestra. Replacing Webster in August 1943, Williams appears on Ellinton's Carnegie Hall recordings in December 1943. He left Ellington in May 1950 to start his own band and was replaced by Big Al Sears.

In the mid-40s he gave tenor sax classes to Pepper Adams in Rochester, NY, and was working with Thelonious Monk in 1946, credited as bandleader for Monk.

Williams also worked with Art Tatum, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Lucky Millinder, Bob Chester, and, according to some sources, played tenor sax on the original recording of Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock", And Shake rattle and roll a claim made by several musicians.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skippy_Williams


More info:

Discogs discography http://www.discogs.com/artist/Elmer+Williams?anv=Elmer+%22Skippy%22+Williams

Video: 1948 Murder With Music - Noble Sissle Band + Skippy Williams Band excerpt-part-1 http://youtu.be/uoEVqPOQo4g

Video: 1948 Murder With Music - Noble Sissle Band + Skippy Williams Band excerpt-part-2 http://youtu.be/0gMqyg3UY3Q

Video: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - Do nothin' till you hear from me http://youtu.be/FJW3ospWZro


Listen/Purchase


Amazon: Skippy Williams and Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography Of Count Basie and The World Of Count Basie (Da Capo Paperback) and The Duke Ellington Reader

iTunes: Body and Soul - Harlem Odyssey (Original 1940-41 Recordings) and On the Sunny Side of the Street - Harlem Odyssey (Original 1940-41 Recordings)

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