Guitar Sessions: Michael Williams
Michael Williams has been active as a blues and jazz guitarist since 1987, performing extensively throughout the United States and Canada as a member of Grammy Award–winning James Cotton’s blues band, as well as with many other artists, including Mighty Sam McClain, Toni Lynn Washington, Michelle Willson, Jerry Portnoy, and David Maxwell.
Williams performed on Cotton’s album, 35th Anniversary Jam, which received a Grammy nomination for best traditional blues album in 2003. He performed on Bruce Katz’s 2004 release, A Deeper Blue, and his playing, songwriting, and arranging are featured on Willson’s album, So Emotional. He released Late Night Walk, which features 10 original compositions with guest artists David “Fathead” Newman on tenor sax, Sugar Ray Norcia on vocals, and Katz on Hammond B3 organ and piano.
Williams, a professor in the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music, 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.