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Brett Williams began playing the drums at two years old and then the piano at age four. His early musical influences were funk, gospel and jazz, and he was always interested in improvisation. At nine years of age, Brett was already performing regularly around his home town Pittsburgh. By his late teens, Williams was making a name for himself on the Pittsburgh jazz scene. In 2013, at age 21 he began working with the multi-Grammy-award-winning bassist Marcus Miller. Brett has now been touring with Marcus for six years and is featured as a writer and performer on his latest Grammy-nominated recording, Laid Black.
Brett has also played with a myriad of different artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mumford and Sons, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Chris Thile, Kevin Garrett, Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper, Sean Jones, Keyon Harrold and David Sanborn. He has performed all over the world, including the United States, Europe, South America, Africa, China and Japan. He has also performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Vienne Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival among others.
The influences of many music styles and genres, his “old soul”, and his musical honesty have helped Williams create and mold a dynamic musical sound and voice. With a promising solo career in his sights, Brett continues to grow and focus on his own music and songwriting. He just released his debut EP S3asons, which showcases his talent and growth as an artist.