Williams, Richard Gene

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Williams, Richard Gene Gender: M
born on 4 May 1931 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Galveston, Texas, 29n18, 94w48
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
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American jazz trumpeter.

Williams played with Charles Mingus at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1959, and recorded with Mingus starting in that year. He recorded his only session as a leader, New Horn in Town, in 1960, released on Candid Records, and featuring Reggie Workman, Leo Wright, Richard Wyands, and Bobby Thomas. Williams was a sideman on a large number of releases for Blue Note, Impulse!, New Jazz, Riverside, and Atlantic in the 1960s. Among the musicians he worked with are Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, Yusef Lateef, Gigi Gryce, Duke Jordan, Noah Howard, and the big bands of Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Sam Rivers and Clark Terry.

He also found work on Broadway in pit orchestras, most notably The Me Nobody Knows and The Wiz. He appears on the original Broadway cast recordings of both musicals. Williams also led bands under his own leadership, playing in New York jazz clubs such as Sweet Basil's, the Village Vanguard, and Gerald's. In addition to jazz trumpet, Williams also performed with classical orchestras, playing piccolo trumpet and fluglehorn.

Richard Williams died on November 4, 1985 from kidney cancer in his Jamaica, New York home.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Mingus, Charles (born 22 April 1922). Notes: music partnership


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield from BC in hand.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (trumpeter)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz