Guitar Sessions: Blues with Michael Williams, with Special Guests Dave Limina and Diane Blue
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Michael Williams has recorded and performed with the Grammy-winning James Cotton Blues Band, as well as with artists such as David “Fathead” Newman, Mighty Sam McClain, David Maxwell, Bruce Katz, Toni Lynn Washington, and many others.
Williams performed on James Cotton’s album, 35th Anniversary Jam, which won a W.C. Handy Award, and received a Grammy nomination for best traditional blues album in 2003. He performed on Katz’s 2004 release A Deeper Blue, and his playing, songwriting, and arranging are featured on Michelle Willson’s album So Emotional, which earned a four-star review from DownBeat magazine.
Williams has a CD of his own, Late Night Walk, featuring 10 original compositions with guest artists Newman on tenor sax, Sugar Ray Norcia on vocals, and Katz on Hammond B3 organ and piano.
A professor in the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music, Williams specializes in teaching a mix of blues and jazz styles. Originally from Northern California, he has written jingles for radio and television, and performed on extended tours throughout Europe with jazz and theater groups. Williams has also authored (and teaches) two courses for Berklee Online: Blues Guitar and Advanced Blues Guitar.