Jay Williams is no stranger to the Gospel, Jazz & R&B community. With a little over 3 decades of experience, Jay combines fine technique, professionalism, structure and discipline to the God-given art of drumming he has been blessed with.
Jay started playing drums at the tender age of 3, along side his dad the late Judge Williams, Sr. who was a phenomenal organist in the Washington D.C. area. Playing in Church helped cultivate his sense of music and love for the drums. It wasn’t long after Jay took interest in exploring other styles of music, his interest grew to appreciate styles like Jazz,Rock,R&B,Latin,and Country.
By the age of 18yrs., Jay found himself professionally working in the Washington, DC vibrant music scene. Jay’s passion, hard work & dedication along with his experience eventually led up to him professionally working with numerous main stream artist around the world, such as; Yolanda Adams, Ben Tankard, Richard Smallwood, Jonathan Butler, Bobby Lyle, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Kirk Whalum, Jagged Edge, Shai, Stephanie Mills,Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Myrna Summers, Norman Brown, Najee, Vesta,David Sanborn , Marcus Johnson, Mike Phillips, Ann Nesby, Alyson Williams, Ali(London Artist), Regina Belle, Angela Bofill,Lee Ritenour, Maysa, Phil Perry, Angie Stone, Freddie Jackson,Nancy Wilson, Albertina Walker,Dorothy Norwood, Karen Clark-Sheard, Twinkie Clark, Ron Winans,Ledisi,Kim Waters, Dave Koz, Kim Burrell and the list goes on.
Jay’s versatile yet flexible gift has gained him local, national and international media coverage, as well as the opportunity to illustrate his art of drumming during National conventions such as; GMWA(Gospel Music Workshop of America), NAMM, Black Caucus Convention, Bobby Jones Gospel Retreat & GHF(Gospel Heritage Foundation). Jay has been viewed by many on various televised shows featured on BET, MTV, The Word Network, Mega Hertz, WHUR Christmas DVD Special and other local televised stations.
Jay has performed in countless venues throughout the country and abroad. To name a few; Washington, DC’s Constitution Hall, The Historic Lincoln Theatre, Warner Theatre, NJPAC, Kodak Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, St Lucia Jazz Festival, Bermuda Jazz Festival, Bahamas Jazz Festival,Blue Note Tokyo, Capitol Jazz Festival, Barbados Jazz Festival, West & South Africa, Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Dubai Jazz Festival and many venues in London.
Jay also received recognition as Co-Producer for the 2009 3 time Stellar-Award nominated CD “The John Tillery Project”.
If you would ask Jay “What does he love most about his music career?” He would tell you, “I love playing music, I believe music is healing to all… “I love to see how music make people feel,the smile on there face is priceless.”