Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
Ben Williams is an acclaimed bassist, bandleader, performer, music educator, and composer who has performed with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Chaka Kahn, Pharrell, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Stefon Harris just to name a few. Williams’ own albums as a bandleader move affirmatively towards assuming the mantle of leadership in contemporary jazz. Williams adds, “I believe each tune should tell a story…where there are emotional ups and downs, thematic and character development, and so on. At the end of it all you should feel moved and inspired…I truly believe that music is the most powerful force in the universe that we all can connect to.”