Gerald Williams

Gerald Williams

X.Y.Z. Jazz Fusion Trio
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Gerald writes:

The drums I use are the  Pearl Reference series, with a May miking system, a yamaha HipGig Kit, a 1969 vintage Ludwig 7 piece tour kit, a Gretsch bebop catalina club kit, and a trigger midi system in a 8 space rack. My favorite kit this week is the Gretsch bop kit.    I'm also an avid collector of vintage snare drums.

Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
My biggest was Art Blakley and the Jazz Messengers, The Jazz Crusaders, James Brown and the Famous Flames, Max Roach, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Sticks Hooper, and many more. The biggest was Elvin Jones and Art Blakley because they had the hip polyrhythmic thing going on. They had that really big sound  that no body else had.  They gave me goose bumps and that made me want to play, WOW !!   My best friends brother was a professional drummer who played in many well known clubs around Cleveland Ohio, he would be rehearsing at home every day. that gave me the drive to want to be a drummer. he also gave me my first jazz album, which was Art Blakley and The Jazz  Messengers  and that's how I got turned on to jazz.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Please Go to my web site for more bands, I'm currently putting a new project together
If you could jam with anyone,  who would it be?
Yes that would be Tower of Power, Pat Metheny, Joey DeFrancesco, Stevie Wonder,  Larry Young, Herbie Hancock, Because these are Bad Cats and I'm a bad CAT.

What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?

At Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville Florida, I did a show with The Volt Styx Review,with The Emotions in The Ignition System Band for about 10,000 People it was one of my most memorable performances and also the smallest was at the Mother Fools cafe in Madison Wisconsin with just about 40 people looking on, but very cool people.

Gerald Williams Set up