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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicJazz · 1 decade ago

Who was John Williams? (the musician)?

I want to see if anyone on here can get this, but I highly doubt it.

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    John Williams is such a common name that it would help if you specified what instrument he played. There are at least three John Williamses who were mainstream jazz artists, and at least two other John Williamses who made some jazz-oriented recordings, whom I will mention after showing the most prominent John Williams:

    (1) John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and jazz pianist (see ). In a career that spans six decades, Williams has composed many of the most famous film scores in history, including all but one of Steven Spielberg's feature films, Star Wars, Superman, Born on the Fourth of July, and Harry Potter. In addition, he has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, and numerous television series and concert pieces. He served as the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993, and is now the orchestra's laureate conductor.

    Williams is a five-time winner of the Academy Award. He has also won 4 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTA Awards and 10 Grammy Awards. With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.

    (2) John C. Williams, baritone saxophonist-bass clarinetist with the Count Basie Orchestra, and founder of the John C. Williams 'Rockin' in Rhythm' Octet (aka. the John Williams Baritone Band) (see ).

    (3) John B. Williams (1941-), bassist with Ron Carter, Horace Silver, Billy Cobham, Hugh Masekela, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, etc. (see ).

    (4) Johnny Williams ( ), drummer for the Raymond Scott Quintette and Big Band (1936-1940s) and Mark Warnow's Orchestra. He recorded twice under his own name, as Johnny Williams and His Swing Sextet (1937, Variety Records) and Drummer Man Johnny Williams and His Boys (1939, Vocalion Records). He is the father of composer and conductor John Towner Williams.

    (5) John Williams, Jr., bass guitarist, primarily fusion, funk, R&B, jazz, and pop with Sly Stone, Brother to Brother, Randy Crawford, and other bands (see ).

    (6) John Williams, guitarist, blues, jazz, country, and country rock (see )

    Source(s): The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (5th Ed., 1998). All Music Guide to Jazz (3rd Ed., 1998). Music Hound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide, 1998.
  • Studied violin for three years then switched to tuba,Switched to string bass Played with Cloeman Hawkins, Benny Carter Louis Armstrong

  • 1 decade ago

    Composed music for Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and he played piano for Henry Mancini

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I got an idea why not put that name in google and look it up and stop asking such stupid question that you could look up so easily.

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