Greg Williamson - Drums

Greg Williamson

Greg Williamson is a jazz drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator who is known for his work in keeping the jazz flame alive. He is currently an instructor of drum set and percussion at Western Washington University, and he also works at Green River College and Bellevue College. He holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Jazz Pedagogy and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.

Williamson’s early musical experiences include performing with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and The Harry James Orchestra. He toured many times with Steve Allen’s re-creation of the Tonight Show and worked with classic entertainers like Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, and Don Rickles. He was also the musical director for jazz vocalist Ernestine Anderson.

In the mid-1990s, Williamson founded Pony Boy Records, an independent record label that focuses on straight-ahead jazz artists with a Northwest focus. The label has over 60 releases to date, including albums by Williamson’s Big Bad Groove Society, GW Quartet, Pony Boy All-Star Big Band, and Double Sax Quintet. Williamson has also been instrumental in the creation of a non-profit performance and education venue in North Bend, Washington, called Boxley’s, and the Boxley’s Music Fund.

Williamson’s discography as a leader includes Scenes and Voyages and Oo-Bop with his quartet, Conversations & Deconstructions with the Pony Boy Large Ensemble, and Swing Your Big Head and Live at Kellys – 10 years with The Big Bad Groove Society. He has appeared on over 30 releases on Pony Boy Records, Atlantic Records, and Concord Jazz Japan. In 2019, Williamson published the book Jazz Traditions: A Collection of Drum Set Teaching.

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