Bassist and composer Steve Williams is a vastly eclectic musical artist who’s work is directly informed by a variety of musical traditions, internet subcultures, and the study of anthropology. Steve began his musical career at an early age playing electric bass in various rock bands around his hometown of Dallas, Texas. While studying at Booker T. Washington High School for The Performing and Visual Arts, Steve discovered his love of jazz and subsequently shifted to upright bass. In 2014, Steve moved to New York City to study at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he had the honor of working with Harish Rhaghavan, Michael Formanek and Ben Street. It was during his time at the New School that Steve became deeply interested in anthropology and soon began pursuing a dual degree in both jazz and anthropology. Steve’s study of anthropology continually changes and informs his musical methods and understanding of improvisation. He is currently working towards his masters in anthropology at the New School.
Steve has performed all over the world in such notable venues as The Jazz Gallery, The Bar Next Door, Shapeshifter Lab, The House of Blues, and the Bern International Jazz Festival 2017 in Switzerland. He has performed with Vijay Iyer, Okkyung Lee, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Aaron Parks, Adam Rogers, Kendrick Scott, Tom Rainey, and many others. In September of 2017 Steve was commissioned by the New York Public Library to write a piece in honor of famed bassist/composer Charles Mingus. The piece premiered in December 2017 to much public and critical acclaim.
Steve plays regularly in the Vaporwave | Jazz | Meme group Secret Mall
Steve is an Endorser of Spectraflex Cables and Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin
“Nice Boots” – Matt Penman
“Steve is like a Thunder-Blanket but a person” – Spencer Kenney