At 45 years of age Samuel Williams has become a cult folk music hero on the underground jazz music scene in Chicago . Over the past 20 years as a leader in cutting edge Jazz Violin technique , performance , education and improvised music. His career contributions include having toured with notable luminaries , like Nicole Mitchels Black Earth Ensemble, AACM of Chicago, Samuel Martinez Herrera as well as performances with Kenny Burrell , Willie Pickens , Wynton Marsalis , Roscoe Mitchel , The Art Ensemble of Chicago , Billy Bang , Hamid Drake , Renee Baker to name a few. He has also been a consistent lead call for studio session recordings having worked with legendary arrangers like Tom Tom Washington and contemporary up and comers like Khari Lemuel . He has had many publications by the media and articles written about him, including Down Beat Magazine poll for rising star 1998, 99, 2000 , and his ground breaking through composed original compositions on his Delmark Debut album Savoirfaire " Running Out Of Time " 562 released 04, which received 4 stars in DownBeat and was a paradigm shift in the Jazz Violin niche . His current releases on his indie label CCEG Inc. (Central Coast Entertainment Group) in 2012 and 2011 respectively include a pop electronic instrumental album " Threads " , and " This Just In " a jazz standards album highlighting his unique voice and signature approach to improvising.In 2015 Samuel began experimenting with the Gypsy Jazz structure founding the Chicago Gypsy Project culminating in his most recent release " We Swing ".
Depending on your budget ,Samuel is capable of putting together an all -star cast (rhythm section) of veteran players like Jerald Cannon (Bassist for Mccoy Tyner) , Rodney Whitaker (Bassist for Wynton Marsalis) , Bobby Irving the 3rd (Miles Davis's longest running Keyboardist) in a traditional jazz setting , to an all star cast of leading Avante Guarde players like Vincent Davis (Percusionist for Roscoe Mitchel) Hamid Drake (internationally acclaimed Percussionist) , William Parker (Bassist for Billy Bang), Henry Grimes . He can also fill festival slots as a solo act with the latest technology in electronic effects as a mezmorizing solo act or even completely solo acoustic violin ala his performance of originally composed unaccompanied violin suites from " Song Poems for Mesopotamia " premiered in 2009 at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival . From smaller events at clubs to luxury hotels or cruise ship engagements to private corporate concerts and major festival bookings from Jazz to Pop music to Avant to classical string quartet Samuel has a wide palate of musical offerings .
First Performance age 5 Symphony Center w/ Suzuki strings (Betty Haig), CYS, CYSO, ACO, ASO, Apostolic Church pit Orchestra, Gods House for all Nations Church
Orchestra, South Side Family Orchestra, Civic Orchestra (Sub), CSO (youth group collaborations) as well as many regional state community orchestras.
Chicago Federation Of Musicians Member – 00 AACM Member – 02
Head lined (Most Jazz Venues Notable) In Chicago --(i.e.- The Velvet Lounge and Hot House, Isaac Hays etc.) w/ different groups including leading
(The East Side Project Band) Chicago Jazz Festivals / year round City festivals and After Fest s – 00 –present
Most notable groups: Black Earth Ensemble (Nicole Mitchell), AACM Big Band, East Side Project Band (SavoirFaire), Sun Percussion (Don Moye),
Cube (Roscoe Mitchell), Devotion (Avreeyal Ra) San Luis Potosi (S.L.P. Mexico)-- 05 With Samuel Martinez Herrera / Andre Mineville Huazzteco Band
Nuove Forme Festival (Verona Italy) – 03 With Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble Taste Of Chicago Festival ( Chicago , Usa ) - 07
SavoirFaire Quintet, Hyde Park JazzFest - 09
Notable Recordings- We Swing (15 ) Simple Classical Melodies (12 ) - Threads ( 11 ) (Sideman) – Huazzteo (05), Vision Quest (01), Afrika Rising (02), Ancient to Future (03) Baddigo (02)
Notable Recordings (Solo) This Just In (07) – Running Out Of Time (05), Live at the Shark Bar (04), Live at the Velvet Lounge (03), Heat (03), The Only Other Option (02), In the Moment (01), SavoirFaire Debut (00)