Musician, Song Writer, Producer, Graphic Artist, Illustrator, Music Educator
Style of Prog
Progressive Jazz/Fusion, Also a fan of other genres of music
GENE WILLIAMS- (GWiz) continues the legacy of creative energy that has made New York's, Jamaica, Queens famous. Having toured, recorded and performed with Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson, Nona Hendryx, Joe, LaBelle, Lester Bowie, The Roots, Gloria Gaynor, Vernon Reid, Najee, Black Rock Coalition and numerous others. Gene's keyboard approach ranges from Jazz, Fusion to Funk and Rock, His live band 'Prime Directive', featuring Vocalist Lygia Forrest, Bassist Booker King, and Drummer Rich Harrision, continued to push musical envelopes creating what author, Maureen Mahon describes in her book, 'Right To Rock' as, "a Jazz-inflected black rock stew of time changes, genre shifts, freaky themes, and out-of-the-box solos". In 1996, Gene entered the world of Acid Jazz with his World Alert records debut CD, "WELCOME 2 MY WORLD" and offered new original grooves that blend 2 of America's most original artforms; Hip Hop and Jazz. Gene continues to perform live, touring nationally and internationally, as well as educating the next generation of 'Kats' at the Boy's Club of New York's incredible new music department along with other accomplished proffessionals dedicated to shareing 'the Funk'! Gene Williams' first collection of music in 14 years, 'HEROES!' was just released in 2010.
Influences or Favorite Bands
Return To Forever, Herbie Hancock, David Sancious, Jan Hammer, Stevie Wonder, Marcus Miller, Miles Davis, George Duke, Frank Zappa, The Beatles
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