Al WilliamsAl (* 17. Dezember 1919 in Memphis, TN) was a pianist in the early days of jazz. He came to Chicago and worked there professionally from the age of 16. From 1940 he worked together with Red Allen, Jimmy Noone and Erskine Tate. In 1942 Al founded his own trio. In 1946 he accompanied Big Joe Turner during recordings for Savoy Records.
Early in the 1950s, he moved to New York City, where he performed in the Savoy Ball Room with Jimmy Rushing, Lucky Millinder, Dick Vance and Erskine Hawkins. He was one of the first artists for the Atlantic label. Al worked also for Benny Carter and Stuff Smith, King Curtis, Jesse Stone/LaVern Baker, and Sam "The Man" Taylor. In 1957/58 he was on stage in the New York Metropole with Sol Yageds Dixieland-Band. In 1958, he was the pianist for Buck Clayton. They toured Europe in 1959. In 1961, he was the guest artist in the All-Stars-Band with Duke Ellington conducted by Johnny Hodges. One of their concerts was recorded and released on Pablo as Johnny Hodges at Sportpalast Berlin. Unfortunately, nothing is known about his later life.
Budd Johnson, tenor sax
Al Williams, organ
George Duvivier, bass
Richard Davis, bass
Belton Evans, drums
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