• 05.19.17 "If I told you in conversation that I knew of a free jazz soprano player who loved to the push the limits using his extensive vocabulary of note bends, squawks, flutter tonguing, multiphonics and any other sonic permutation that's inspiring him at the moment. you might say, "So what. They all do." But then what if I told you that this free-wheeling avant-gardist had an unusual fascination with deconstructing the Disney songbook. Then you might understand why Jamison Williams is not your run-in-the-mill experimentalist. Not even Lacy himself has taken on repertoire as mainstream as "Spoonful of Sugar" from Mary Poppins and "Tinkerbell."' - Sam Newsome

Here's a recent interview I did with Sam, good turnabouts in conversation, let loose on the "know how's", "what about's", and "what if's" of why I play the soprano saxophone exclusively. Makes sense, and filled the void. Taste the flavor, here: http://sopranosaxtalk.blogspot.com/2017/01/an-interview-with-soprano-saxophonist.html

This newly released '1971'album is for those who didn't get the chance to catch this duo with Thomas Milovac as we adventurously trekked across the southern/central core of the United States this past couple months; the communication expressed musically and personally, an openness and understanding, candid, raw, and bellowing with truth, this is one of the most personal albums I have had the pleasure of recently participating in. A great friend helped me create it, and as the material is passed on to others, and is explored, developed upon, and respoke through another person's valuable musical voice, it's meaning becomes fuller and more alive, as it was always meant to become. For those who saw us live, thank you for listening to our dialogue of hope and revelation; for those who couldn't make it, the intimacy and hollowness of the rooms brought a greater closeness to those who did attend, and therefore strengthened our collective bond of friendship, and thank you as well.

'1971', with Thomas Milovac (db)

• May 3rd - Atlanta, GA [Gallery 992]
• May 4th - Atlanta, GA [Midtown Players Club]
• May 5th - Nashville, TN [Betty's Grill]
• May 6th - Cleveland, TN [Grey House Red Door]
• May 7th - Louisville, KY [House Show - Tim Barnes]
• May 8th - St Louis, MO [Duet]
• May 9th - Nashville, TN [Betty's Grill]
• May 10th - Birmingham, AL [Spring Street Firehouse]
• May 11th - Panama City, FL [A&M Theater]
• May 12th - Tampa, FL [Sawgrass Gallery and Tearoom]
• May 13th - Lakeland, FL [Nullis Pretii]
• May 14th - Jacksonville, FL [Shantytown]
• May 20th - Orlando, FL [Accidental Music Festival]
• May 27th - Jacksonville, FL [Jacksonville Jazz Fest]

'Snow White', solo soprano

• February 18th - London [Hundred Years Gallery]
• February 17th - London [Klinker Club]
• January 22th - Orlando [Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall]
• January 21th - St Paul [Center for Lost Objects Gallery]
• January 19th - Chicago [recording - Aaron Zarzukski]
• January 18th - Chicago [recording - Aaron Zarzukski]
• January 17th - Chicago [Baker Elementary]
• January 17th - Chicago [Elastic Arts]
• January 16th - Chicago [Myopic Books]
• January 15th - Chicago [1980 Records]
• January 14th - Columbus [It Looks Like It's Open]
• January 13th - Cincinnati [The Mockbee]

• 01.11.17 “'Interpretations from the Disney Songbook (for solo soprano saxophone)', 400 pages of Disney interpreted compositions; every handwritten, graphic notated piece is paired with detailed directives, explaining the value of each compositional movement, "course of action", and role/temperament of the narrator. This is a monolith of tireless efforts, painstakingly crafted, and bleeds the words of absolute obsession; carefully extracted from a collection of over 800 pieces, these are the favorites of the litter, songs/memories I feel are my truest representation of purity and creative honesty. A soliloquy of passion and determination. First edition limited to five copies: $17, with shipping to equal out to a flat $20 [I didn't realize that the printer is also selling the book, so it can also be found here: http://www.blurb.com/b/7692558].

 

'The Gilded Age:
Perspectives on the Origins of Modern America'


• December 15th - Jacksonville [Shantytown Pub]
• December 14th - Gainesville [Superfun!]
• December 13th - Panama City [Fork and Spoon]
• December 12th - Panama City [A&M Theater]
• December 11th - Jacksonville [Karpeles Manuscript Museum]

'Disney Interpretations: Ensemble (2016)'

• December 5th - Houston [Avant Garden]
• December 4th - Austin [recording - Music Lab]
• December 3rd - Austin [recording - Music Lab]
• December 2nd - Denton [Red Light Fever]
• December 1st - Dallas [Full City Rooster]

• 11.01.16 I am very proud to announce the continuation of the [neu]Sonics Music Initiative[Series II], housed in the most appropriate venue Jacksonville, Florida could allow, in the illustrious Karpeles Manuscript Musuem; for six weeks, students will learn to develop alternative forms of structural/improvising composition, with this series focusing on improvisational conduction and gestural cuing, associated with 'Soundpainting'.

Classes begin November 27th, at 6pm, with a performance following each class by two co-instructors, familiar with the musical/improvisational format.

Very much looking forward to seeing the class grow with new and returning faces and minds.

'Mary Poppins', solo soprano

• October 4th - Atlanta [Eyedrum]
• October 3rd - Birmingham [Spring Street Firehouse]
• October 2nd - Memphis [recording]
• October 1st - Dallas [Void Castle]
• September 30th - Dallas [Spinster Records]
• September 29th - Austin [The Off Center]
• September 28th - Houston [Satellite Bar]
• September 27th - New Orleans [Mudlark Theater]
• September 26th - Tallahassee [621 Gallery, WVFS]
• September 25th - Orlando [Timucua White House]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Interpretations from the Disney Songbook', solo soprano

•October 31th - Atlanta, GA [The Big House on Ponce]
• October 30th - Atlanta, GA [The Big House on Ponce]
• October 29th - Orlando, FL [DAY OFF: Walt Disney World!!]
• October 27th - New Orleans, LA [M. Sani Gallery]
• October 26th - New Orleans, LA [Instant Opus]
• October 25th - Houston, TX [curated by Damon Smith]
• October 24th - Austin, TX [Museum of Human Achievement]
• October 22th - Dallas, TX [Black Lodge]
• October 21th - Atlanta, GA [Mammel Gallery]
• October 20th - Atlanta, GA [Norton Arts Center]
• October 3rd - Amelia Island (Omni) [curated by Steve Williams]
• October 2nd - Amelia Island (Omni) [curated by Steve Williams]
• September 19th - Louisville, KY [Dreamland]
• September 18th - Columbus, OH [Fuse Factory]
• September 17th - Pittsburgh, PA [curated by Anna Rosati]
• September 16th - Cincinnati, OH [Public Library]
• September 15th - Cleveland, OH [Mahall's]
• September 14th - Chicago, IL [Myopic bookstore]
• September 14th - Chicago, IL [Anagram Series at Elastic Arts]
• September 13th - Cincinnati, OH [Rake's End]
• September 8th - Portland, OR [The Projection Museum]
• August 30th - Eugene, OR [The Boreal]
• August 28th - Seattle, WA [Gallery 1412]

• 09.04.16 This is performed from an ever-swelling library of one minute graphic/notated 'reimagined' scores of Disney classics, now amassing at well over 500 pages of written material for solo soprano; inspired by the lectures and program information delivered during my time at [neu]Sonics Music Initiative, each piece fits perfectly on a 5"x7", two-line, compositional staff. Notated in my personal language, this study material was designed to help me retain improvisational directives, and restating modes of organizing ideas in a very short, consise method. This is a perfectly fine example of thoroughly enjoying listening to myself speak; excruciatingly short and to the point.

I thought that it would be fun to pinch out this little nugget of sweetness in honor of the upcoming 'Mary Poppins' tour, and at just over a minute it definitely keeps most of my ever-fleeting attention in check. [In a most delightful way]

'Tinkerbell', with Alex Ravitz (bcl) and Sean Hamilton (vb)'

• July 19th - Sarasota, FL [WSLR]
• July 18th - Orlando, FL [Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall]
• July 17th - Orlando, FL [Spacebar]
• July 16th - Orlando, FL [Austin's Coffee]
• July 15th - Lakeland, FL [KRAP Arts]
• July 14th - Tampa, FL [recording session]

• 07.09.16 Greetings everyone! Long time no see! To catch you up in brevity with all the ongoings from the past couple months, let me start with the most important and move my way down to the less important: 1) I turned 40 years old, without a single broken bone, very few cavities, and much still remains of my mental faculty (hurray for me); 2) I will be embarking next week on what will be my 15th month of touring, not to shabby, hopefully I am able to continue on for a couple more months; 3) I will be in Europe from Feb 14th - Mar 14th, playing, vacationing, enjoying the sweet broke life; 4) [neu]Sonics Music Initiative finished Series I with a celebrated bang, and will most likely remain active allowing for Series II to begin in September. Well that's that, hope all is well with everyone, and hope to see some more wonderful faces and hear some more memorable names as I travel through the U.S. during the remainer of the year while on tour. By the way, I don't know if I have mentioned it, but during the last three run, while out with Leo Suarez (drummer) and Nate Corder (guitarist), I wound up buying over 350 classic Disneyland LP's ...so there are always room for more, and trade is always an option when it comes to merch. Hit me up, shoot me a pitch, make me an offer. See you all soon!!

Before I forget!! It would be a great loss to not mention the excellent opportunity experienced while on shoot with the incomparable Anna Funk; she filmed a wonderful video of me at the incredible Karpeles Manuscript Museum, one of the most perfect sounding venues in all of venues I have performed at: this is 'It's a Small World', and a bit of a mash up at that. See if you can catch all the songs played. It's beatuiful times we are living in, my friends.

'Snow White', with Nathan Corder (g) and Leo Suarez (dr)

• June 21th - Macon, GA [Fresh Produce Records]
• June 20th - Atlanta, GA [Eyedrum]
• June 19th - Chattanooga, TN [Barking Legs Theater]
• June 18th - Nashville, TN [FMRL presents...]
• June 17th - Louisville, KY [Dreamland]
• June 16th - Chicago, IL [Tritriangle]
• June 15th - Chicago, IL [Splice Series]
• June 14th - Detroit, MI [Spread Out at Detroit Contemporary]
• June 13th - Pittsburgh, PA [curated by Manny Theiner]
• June 12th - New York, NY [WKCR]
• June 11th - New York, NY [Torus Porta]
• June 10th - New York, NY [recording session]
• June 9th - Philadelphia, PA [Vox Populi]
• June 8th - Washington, DC [Union Arts DC]
• June 7th - Richmond, VA [Balliceaux]
• June 6th - Atlanta, GA [Mammal Gallery]
• June 5th - Jacksonville, FL [recording]

'Cinderella', with Dan Kozak (reeds) and Charles Pagano (perc)

• April 14th - Panama City, FL [A&M Theater]
• April 13th - Tallahassee, FL [Florida State University - lecture, performance]
• April 12th - New Orleans, LA [recording]
• April 11th - Houston, TX [Nameless Sound]
• April 10th - Houston, TX [Super Happy Fun Land]
• April 9th - Fayetteville, AK [Lalaland]
• April 8th - Kansas City, MO [University of Missouri - lecture, performance]
• April 7th - St Louis, MO [Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center]
• April 6th - Nashville, TN [FMRL presents...]
• April 5th - Birmingham, AL [curated by Shea Stevenson]
• April 4th - Atlanta, GA [curated by Majid Araim]
• April 3rd - Jacksonville, FL [Karpeles Manuscript Museum]
• April 1st - Jacksonville, FL [UNF Gallery or Art]

'Interpretations from the Disney Songbook', solo soprano

• March 1-4th - Paris, FR [recording session]
• Feb 16th - I'klectik [London, UK]
• Feb 17th - Hundred Years Gallery [London, UK]

'Sleeping Beauty', with Leo Suarez (dr)

• January 21th - Gainesville, FL [4Most Gallery]
• January 18th - Tallahassee, FL [WVFS]
• January 17th - Jacksonville, FL [Florida Mining Gallery]
• January 16th - St Augustine, FL [space:eight]
• January 15th - Tampa, FL [The Bunker]
• January 14th - Tampa, FL [Laurel Parking]
• January 13th - St Petersburg, FL [The Amsterdam]
• January 12th - Sarasota, FL [Nothing Art Center]
• January 12th - Sarasota, FL [WSLR.]
• January 11th - Lakeland, FL [The Pink Piano]
• January 10th - Ybor, FL [MF Arts]
• January 9th - St Petersburg, FL [Florida International Toy Piano Festival]
• January 8th - St Petersburg, FL [Florida International Toy Piano Festival]

'Interpretations from the Disney Songbook', solo soprano

• December 16th - Cincinnati, OH [Experimental Music at the Library]
• December 15th - Chicago, IL [Elastic Arts]
• December 14th - Minneapolis, MN [curated by John Vance]
• December 13th - Milwaukee, WI [West End Conservatory]
• December 12th - Chicago, IL [curated by Aaron Zarzutzki]
• December 11th - Louisville, KY [Dreamland]
• December 10th - Nashville, TN [Portland Brew 12 South]
• December 8th - Jacksonville, FL [UNF Gallery of Art]

'Interpretations from the Disney Songbook', solo soprano

• November 14th - New York, NY [Freedom Garden]
• November 12th - New York, NY [The Stone - Nonoko Yoshida residency]
Nonoko Yoshida (as), Jamison Williams (ss), Steve Swell (trbn)
Brandon Lopez (b), Dave Miller (dr)
• November 11th - New York, NY [Trans Picos]

• 01.01.16 HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE. Beginning the second Sunday of January 2016, Jacksonville’s historic Karpeles Manuscript Museum will host ‘Series I’ of the [neu]Sonics Music Initiative (www.neusonics.org), a highly informative and interactive, six-week musical program focusing on the techniques, direction, and individual roles of free/structured group improvisation and composition; every other Sunday, a rotating staff of instructors, lecturers, and music professionals will highlight important pioneers in the field of graphic/hybrid notation, assist/conduct group/student arrangements, and nurture the developing interests of the students in creating a more personalized method to communicate musical ideas. Special musical guests, professional/touring musicians/composers, and key figures in improvisation/modern composition will be invited to deliver key notes to the class throughout each series.

• 11.19.15 SUN BELT + New York Finished!! Nearly a month of touring, throughout the entire south of the United States, and then a week in the wonderful company of New York's finest improvising musicians; home feels warm, sunny, and moderately tropical, until Dec 9th, then I am headed to the deep north of Wisconsin. Brrrr.... (very very cold)

On a side note, during my time in NY, I had the pleasant opportunity to record with Dave Miller [dr] and Austin White [db] at Wombat Studio [http://wombatrecording.com/], by Ross Bonadonna; four hours of improvisation, and completely maxxed out my Disney repertoire. Playback sounded energetic, full of exacting variety, and recognizably entertaining. Had the house whistling ...while they worked. (har!) Keep an ear out, more information about that coming soon.

• 09.29.15 Audio [solo soprano] has been sent out, and the complete package should be available for my upcoming 'Sun Belt' tour (if the planets, stars, and postal service meets the demands of the pressing schedules of mortals); wonderfully stark, on clear, hand lathed vinyl, with eight full pages of liner notes. Overwhelming, and highly informational.

Recorded at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Cathedral, in Washington DC [June 19th, 2015]: ONLY ten [10] will be made available.

• 07.28.15 An absolute "near-masterpiece", and finally presenting the first [technically, second] full length release of Disney Classics, on soprano saxophone 'WALT DISNEY' [the "Donald Duck" release], and for those who had the pleasant opportunity to attend the SLEEPING BEAUTY tour, and purchased the "MICKEY MOUSE" edition of this release, are NOW offered the opportunity to "trade in" that release for this particular one; consider "MICKEY MOUSE" a redemption album, one you can keep, or trade it in for a recording very much more reminiscent of the performances you witnessed while on tour. Patient, relaxed, balanced, and an album that may induce a few tears along the way. 

One long improvisation [42:07], consisting of 11 songs, each completely defined with full use of balanced and controlled extended techniques: no abrasiveness, shrillness, or "murdering the horn/reed", instead lovingly dedicated in honor of Walter Elias Disney. Complete with 12 full pages of liner notes, and a SPECIAL HIDDEN "PREGAP" TRACK [8:33]. Recorded live at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, May 25th 2015. 

'Walt Disney', solo soprano

• June 22 - Boston, MA [Somerville House Concert (Porter Square)]
• June 21 - New York, NY [Downtown Music Gallery]
• June 20 - Philadelphia, PA [AUX Performance Space]
• June 19 - Washington, DC [St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church]
• June 18 - Richmond, VA [Vinyl Conflict Record Store]
• June 17 - Columbia, SC [Friday Cottage Art Space]
• June 16 - Atlanta, GA [Eyedrum Gallery]

• May 3th - Panama City, FL [Mosey's Downtown]
• May 4th - Montgomery, AL [The Sanctuary]
• May 5th - Birmingham, AL [MONO Gallery]
• May 6th - Atlanta, GA [Eyedrum Gallery]
• May 7th - Nashville, TN [Portland Brew - 12 South]
• May 8th - Knoxville, TN [A1 Lab Arts]
• May 9th - Cincinnati, OH [Cincinnati Public Library]
• May 10th - Tuscaloosa, AL [The Grocery Gallery]

• 04.28.15 [Shantytown] (Jacksonville) Disney Classics, solo
• 04.11.15 [Intimate Sound Showcase] (Jacksonville) Disney Classics, solo

• 05.22-23.15 [Karpeles Museum] (Jacksonville) STEVE SWELL
"The City of Jacksonville will bring to you “Jazz after Dark”. Following the last act of the festival lineup each night, May 23-25, enjoy even more live Jazz from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m. Participating bars and clubs are located within a couple of blocks from the Jazz Fest stages and admission is free!"

"I am that corrupt monster of a Disney fanatic, with stacks of Anniversary VHS releases piled in the closet, the same man toting a leather studded vest of ‘Hidden Mickey’ tradable pins, and I am the overly excited seven year old, anxious and obnoxious, waiting in line for the Haunted Mansion, Country Bear Jamboree, and at your local movie theater. That shit won’t stop any time soon, eating at my insides, and feel it deep in my bones; it makes sense to me, and although many have ran it dry and have moved on to bigger, more sophisticated means of entertainment, I am right here grinding out the chords to find the sweet spot, once again, for personal discovery, the exact reason I gravitated to it as a child. It was always a moment of new inspiration, a highlight and milestone of remembrance." [from the liner notes of 'WALT DISNEY' available 05/03/15]

• 03.23.15 Three incredible nights of Disney performances by the [neu]Sonics Orchestra, arrannged/conducted by myself, and I couldnt have imagined it being as wonderful as it was, if expecting the most perfect arrangements and participating personnel; everyone was sweet, and interactive, and passionate. It was an honor to have been a part of this, and very much looking forward to the next Tour Series (Disney Classics: Pinocchio) coming in July. Thank you, Anna Funk for your amazing documentation, you are a godsend and one of the most talented people I have ever met. Thank you, all!!

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When You Wish Upon a Star': FLORIDA TOUR:
“The Experimental Arts Union of Florida presents the 20-piece [neu]Sonics Orchestra (as musically arranged and conducted by saxophonist Jamison Williams) as they proudly showcase a night's performance of, 'When You Wish Upon a Star: Interpretations from the Disney Songbook'; the magnitude of this night can only be described as a "full length masterpiece of epic Disney proportions", as Jamison Williams conducts a veritable Floridian über-group (20 participating professional musicians from all across Florida will be participating in this free-conducted, structurally improvising supergroup); a mesmerizing night of structured musical abstraction, pleasantly making acquaintance with the visual abstraction of its yesterself. Set aside this evening for a loving night of family fun and entertainment, I guarantee you will all have much to talk about.”

March 14th, 2015
[WSLR] Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center
25 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 587-6588

March 15th, 2015
The Studio@620
620 1st Ave S, St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 895-6620

March 16th, 2015
Timucua White House
2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL, 32806

• 03.09.15 [Raindogs] (Jacksonville) Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways
• 03.08.15 [The Erasery] (Savannah, GA) Disney Classics, solo
• 02.05.15 [Churchill's Pub] (Miami) INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONFERENCE
• 01.31.15 [Shantytown Pub] (Jacksonville) [pre] International Noise Conference (JAX)
20+ NOISE acts, 15min sets: 8pm-2am. [schedule coming very soon]

• 01.11.15 HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!! 2014 closed with excellent celebrations and with an acknowledgement of great personal accomplishment; having received the cover of Folio Weekly for the week of December 3-9, to help bring in additional attendance and support to the 'When You Wish Upon A Star: Interpretations from the Disney Songbook', felt simply like all the efforts put forth on behalf of all who contributed their energy to see a very small group of creative acheivers, reep some attention, and that show of sponsorship is valued like liquid diamonds. Thank you Dan Brown for making that possible; his focus has always been on highlighting the little man, and at that particular moment the light shined very brightly in our direction. Thank you.

PANAMA CITY RESIDENCY
DECEMBER 10-13, 2014

• 12.09.14 [Moseys](Panama City)
• 12.10.14 [Rubyfruit Gallery](Tallahassee)
• 12.11.14 [The Fork and Spoon](Panama City)
• 12.12.14 [The A&M Theater] (Panama City)

• 12.05.14 [Karpeles Museum] Lunberry / Cartwright BOOK Party
• 12.06.14 [Burro Bar] BONZO TERKS / JAMISON WILLIAMS
• 12.07.14 [Sun Ray Cinema] 'When You Wish Upon A Star: Interpretations from the Disney Songbook'
• 12.12.14 [Sun Ray Cinema] EAUF presents: TATSUYA NAKATANI

• 12.07.14, Sun-Ray Cinema (Jacksonville):
'WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR: Interpretations from the Disney Songbook'

Organized by Jamison Williams
Development: EAUF (Experimental Arts Union of Florida)

 

“December 7th (the weekend of Walt Disney's birthday), the 20-piece [neu]Sonics Orchestra (as musically arranged and conducted by saxophonist Jamison Williams) will proudly present a night's performance of, 'When You Wish Upon a Star: Interpretations from the Disney Songbook'; the magnitude of this night can only be described as a "full length masterpiece of epic Disney proportions", as Jamison Williams conducts a veritable Floridian über-group (20 participating professional musicians from all across Florida will be participating in this free-conducted, structurally improvising supergroup), as Sun Ray Cinema owner Tim Massett pays personal tribute during the night, with film projections of historic, yet raw, beaten, and decaying 35mm classic Disney footage; a mesmerizing night of structured musical abstraction, pleasantly making acquaintance with the visual abstraction if its yesterself. Set aside this evening for a loving night of family fun and entertainment, I guarantee you will all have much to talk about.”

“Sound that stops the capacity for judgment. Sound that never decays. Sound that breaks free from every possibe image. Sound that comes from both death and birth. Sound that dies. The sound around me. Sound like the symptoms of eternal cold turkey. Sound that resists private ownership. Sound that goes insane. Sound that spills over from the cosmos. The sound of sound.”
–Kaoru Abe, on his musical concerns

ALSO: besides the fact the squad I am working with on this "extended Disney project" [AG Davis (v), Billy Henderson (dr), and myself (ss)] are my brothers, bound to the core, Vantage Bulletin publishing family, and the material is solid as a diamond (complete with perfect packaging, 100% all the way through, and they are quite gorgeous), I WILL NEVER SELF RELEASE IN THIS FORMAT EVER AGAIN, ever. Too much trouble, hassle, bologna, and too much time stolen when I could have been hashing out ideas on a horn. Take these off my hands, because those who get them have a VERY RARE piece of my musical history; because, seriously, never again, ever (I hate this format with a grinding teeth passion). [2x$10]‪‬

Interesting Point of Information: while in the OfficeMax/OfficeDepot tonight tirelessly cutting these shits down, "Let It Go" wound up playing on the store's intercom.

• 08.30.14 Available 09/20, this beautiful EIGHT page "read along storybook", a perfect throwback to the original days of simple musical enjoyment, musical duets with friends, and valued times shared appreciating quality time spent with the people who mean the most to us; this WILL BE for sale at VERY limited quantities (only 10 available), which also includes a limited edition cassette release, with two recorded performances by myself and Dan Kozak, playing "The Bare Necessities", and "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah". $10 pp, + a couple bones for S/H. Get at me soon , because, as of now, only FIVE REMAIN.

• 08.17.14 I am VERY PROUD to announce that in early November, myself, with the incredible assistance of fourteen (confirmed, and possibly many many more) other musicians, will be assembling to record a full length masterpiece of Disney proportions, followed by a tour de force performance set loose onto this loving, art-nourished city, the[neu]Sonics Orchestra (as conducted by Jamison Williams) will proudly present a night's performance of, 'When You Wish Upon a Star: Interpretations from the Disney Songbook'. The [neu]Sonics Orchestra is a free-conducted super-ensemble with a cast of participating characters immeasureably dense with personality, talent, and endless variety, they will be preforming and recreating the greatest classics found in the historic Disney Songbook; visions will clash, ideas will erupt, and the soft nouget core inside all of us will begin to make itself visible and melt onto the spectating audience. Take a seat, get ridiculously comfy, and enjoy a familiar world that will slowly become a brand new face of memory.

Featuring performers (confirmed): Jamison Williams [soprano saxophone], Dan Kozak [reeds], Dana Fasano [percussion], Lenni Bukowski [reeds], Michael Lanier [double bass], Dayna Osan [violin], Thomas Milovac [double bass], Zachary Nace Bethel [trombone], AJ Herring [trombone], Jay Peele [trombone], Jason Dean Arnold [reeds / trumpet], Charles Pagano [percussion], Joe Yorio [reeds], and many many more.

• 08.13.14 Once again, and back wrecking the classic Disney Songbook for a fifth time (and enjoying every moment of it): in Disney Classics, vol V, we come together and celebrate a couple lovely songs in standard gnashing thrash solo sax fashion (with loving sweetness and gentle care, of course); this edition presents "Who's Afraid if the Big Bad Wolf", as well as "Heigh Ho!". I can't say it was easy, but I will say that I very much enjoyed myself. (Avail: 11/14)

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• 08.06.14 TSI (JAX ARTWALK):
"JAMISON WILLIAMS PLAYS DISNEY"; together with the accompanied efforts of Dan Kozak (reeds), Bill Henderson (drums), and Michael Lanier (double bass), the mocked up deconstructed Disney pieces made avaiable in my limited edition series will be played out in the a VERY grand, and aggressive scale. Free jazz gone Disney gone berserk; FREE.

• 07.25.14 Shantytown Pub:
FIRST SHOW PREMIERING, 'GRACE KELLY"; more or less a total disaster in the making, no practice, we all trade off solos, this is going to be one for the books, kiddies. ALSO PERFORMING: Karl 2000 (NYC)

• 07.06.14 Recorded, shipped, and on the platter to be cut, Disney Classics, vol IV really made this crumpled up, old gramps smile from ear to ear, and excited like a pre-Xmas evening. Release date will be made available soon, I guarantee you these are going to FLY.

 

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• 06.17.14 Disney Classics, vol III is NOW officially SOLD OUT; twenty minutes on the market and that shit is GONE. Thank you ALL for supporting, next month volume III will be avaiable and the release date will be made available as well. First come, first serve.

 

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• 05.23.14 Karpeles Manuscript Museum:
The Truth Comes Marching In | an Albert Ayler commemoration
"For the past three years, and officially a part of the Jazz Fest After Dark series, the 'Truth is Marching In | an Albert Ayler commemoration' has paid tribute to one of most important and influential musicians in the field of experimental jazz, saxophonist Albert Ayler (July 13, 1936 – November 25, 1970), and this year we are proudly continuing to present his works in a three night tradition (May 23-25, at Karpeles Manuscript Museum) of honored musical tribute showcasing his artistic talent, creative direction, and spiritual envelopment, with special performances by some of Florida's most daring jazz musicians."

• May 23-25th Karpeles Manuscript Museum
Doors open at 10pm, FREE.
Two performances each night.

With (confirmed) performances by:
Jim Ivy (reeds, comp)
Kris Gruda (g, comp)
Jason Dean Arnold (reeds, trpt)
Lenni Bukowski (reeds)
Jamison Williams (ss)
Dan Kozak (reeds)
Michael Lanier (db)
Bill Henderson (dr)

• 05.21.14 1904 Music Hall: pre-Jazz Fest Throwdown:
I will be performing with Michael Lanier (double bass), Bill Henderson (drums), Dan Kozak (reeds), and AJ Herring (trom) in a "no holds barred free jazz extravaganza", approaching and (un)gracefully pronouncing the importance of free jazz during the Jacksonville Jazz Fest. Definitely going to be an eye opening event.

• 05.17.14 CoRK Arts District:
Jamison Williams performs "Disney Classics"
(with Michael Lanier, db)
"These Disney classics were beaten, torn, twisted, deconstructed, and sonically abused/nurtured back to Olympic and gladiatorial health, and surgically performed on solo soprano saxophone triumphantly; each song charted out and redefined with absolute loving appreciation, then pummeled to sweet hell gash pulp shit; cartoon music in a blender, complete with gut wrapped blades twisted in a soiled and stained jar. No overdubbs, no added effects, and absolutely no editing; this shit is the real deal: acoustic high performance, and a personal masterpiece."

• 05.14.14 I know this is a LONG SHOT, but was thinking that it was about that time I start taking in a student or two, and sharing the information I have acquired through thousands of hours of intense practice, study, and musical exploration; we will exclusively focus on extended techniques and variables, with each week dedicated to further expanding the student's personal language in the world of saxophonic communication.

• 04.23.14 THIS SUNDAY (April 27th, Sun Ray Cinema), I will be presenting the debut performance of Disney Classics as the opening act for the incredible percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, and will have Disney Classics, volume II (clear 7", hand-lathed) available for sale ($20), ONLY FIVE AVAILABLE.

 

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• 04.27.14 Sun Ray Cinema ($9):
Jamison Williams performs "Disney Classics" (solo soprano)
[Opening for Tatsuya Nakatani] This inaugeral performance presents to the public my personnal love and appreciation found in the works of the Disney classics; these wonderful stories rekindle early childhood experiences and americana nostalgia, combined with dedicated study in extended technical deconstruction of solo soprano saxophone, offers to the audience an familiar and inviting place of comfort and education. Disney like you have never seen it.

• 03.21.14 CoRK Arts District:
Jamison Williams performs "Soliloquy" (solo soprano)
"These intimate performances of solo saxophone invites the listener to carefully witness the intricate details, subtle nuances, and testaments of true musical courage; these solo performances offer to the audience the defining elements of a dyslexic tightrope walker with Turrets syndrome."

• 03.18.14 Delivered, received, and confirmed: I just got notice from the press, and IT IS ON!! A very special, very limited edition 7" release on clear hand lathed vinyl, will be made of "Disney Classics, Vol 1" (solo soprano sax); four songs beaten, worn, and reassembled magnificantly (all live, no edits, no overdubs). Five weeks are going to be a very loooong time.

 

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After this 'Soliloquy' (solo saxophone) show this Friday, and minus the Ayler Commemoration for JAZZ FEST AFTER DARK, I am going to be spending the next FIVE YEARS (at least, AND I hope my attention proves strong enough to maintain) playing NOTHING but the songs found in Disney music catalog; I will be deconstructing and reinterpreting them outside, in, around, and through those American standardized chords: every aspect of my extended technical vocabulary will be applied to the lyrical information and context provided by the composers of these time honored classics.

• 02.28.14 Newly revamped Vantage Bulletin publishing site is now finally up, been a while, but shit, looks damn fine and glad to see operations back in proper working order; have a stroll, take a break (you deserve it), and take a gander at our fine collection of musical marvels. You will appreciate yourself much more afterwards. http://www.vantagebulletin.com/

• 02.21.14 I am very proud to announce my submission to the OneSpark crowdfunding campaign, on behalf of the Experimental Arts Union of Florida, presenting the [neu]Sonics music initiative, "The [neu]Sonics music initiative would be presented on a bi-monthly schedule (six annually), each event hosting a performance by one of the nation’s leading experimental improvisational jazz musicians or modern composers, with an opening performance by a student member of Jacksonville’s college music program."

[SUPER BONUS]
Although I mentioned it before, I never provided a link to the completed interview on WJCT's Hometown broadcast covering the local experimental noise scene; our segment should begin at around the 14:40 mark.

• 02.19.14 The performance with Tim Albro and Dayna Osan, as well as the night of Tim Daisy / Mikolaj Trzaska at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, turned out to be absolutely perfect: the interactive coordination, the balance, and the general understanding of how to react with each other's musical vocabulary was phenomenal, I wouldn't change a single moment of it. A beautiful event, and an honor to have presented it.

02.17.14 Karpeles Manuscript Museum: Timothy Daisy / Mikołaj Trzaska, Beginning in Chicago on February 7th – Gdansk, Poland based saxophonist, clarinetist/composer Mikola Trzaska and Chicago based percussionist Tim Daisy will embark on an eight date tour of the Midwest and Southeast areas of the United States including stops in Milwaukee WI, Louisville, KY, Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, Fl. They will tour in support of their latest duo release “In This Moment” on Relay Recordings.

• 02.11.14 INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONFERENCE 2014 MIAMIwas fucking beautiful once again this year; everyone I got to see perform and meet back up with, just made every aspect of this mindblowing pilgrimage that much more incredible; thanks Laundry Room Squelchers for everything you do to provide an important outlet for weirdos, spazzes, and noise freaks worldwide: you have no idea how much it is appreciated.

• 02.06.14 Churchill's Pub (Miami): 11th annual INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONFERENCE: I will be joining Steven Bristol, Dan Kozak, Bill Henderson, and AG Davis for an amazing day of extreme noise at Miami's legendary Churchill's Pub.

• 02.01.14 Shantytown Pub (Jacksonville) 11th ANNUAL PRE-INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONFERENCE (jacksonville). I will be playing with The Last Words of Lee Harvey Oswald; We have a full day's supply of experimental sound designers from all over the city, state, and country, and as of now, totalling over two dozen acts set to perform. For the past six years, Jacksonville has hosted this highly creative event, and has been showcased on WJCT's Hometown (produced by Samual Farmer), as well as numerous articles across Florida highlighting the experimental arts associated with pre-INC.

• 01.29.14 'Calm, Then Storm: Jamison Williams wrangles order from chaos, and vice-versa' (by Shelton Hull) A wonderful write up from Shelton Hull, for a Folio Weekely piece covering the upcoming pre-International Noise Conference: "Pastoral, idyllic, bucolic — these are not words one naturally associates with the Northeast Florida noise scene. But they're bons mots on this particular Monday morning, as saxophonist Jamison Williams sits in repose at The Funk House, one of several places hosting performances by the Experimental Arts Union of Florida (EAUF), which he launched a year ago. Sipping coffee from an X-Men mug, Williams, in a sweater, slacks and saddle-shoes, looks every bit the dedicated musicologist he is — the dutiful student of sound." Read the full article, here: http://folioweekly.com/Calm-Then-Storm,8834

NEW RELEASES:
• "Parameters of Solo Arrangement (for Soprano Saxophone)"

• 12.04.13 EAUF presents: NATE WOOLEY / CHRIS CORSANO
at KARPELES MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY MUSEUM | Jacksonville

• 11.08.13 JUICE MACHINE is the live action analog electronic improvisational wife and husband duo of Roger Smith + Heather Chessman; I will be playing a duo with Tim Albro. Should be a great time had.

• 11.07.13 SANGUIVOROUS (“Kyuketsu” 吸血): Tatsuya Nakatani / Eugene Chadbourne
SANGUIVOROUS (Kyuketsu, 吸血, 2012), the first silent Japanese vampire movie, goes for the jugular in a feeding frenzy through New York, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Hudson and Washington, DC. With live musical accompaniment by Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and banjoist/guitarist Eugene Chadbourne; this unprecedented event combines experimental filmmaking, cutting-edge contemporary music, dance theatre — and fangs. Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville, Florida

• 10.25.13 EAUF presents: 'The Home of Easy Credit' (Tom Blancarte / Louise D.E. Jensen)
CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville, Florid'The Home of Easy Credit' (Tom Blancarte / Louise D.E. Jensen); "The Home of Easy Credit paints a musical portrait of a commercialized and homogenized consumer culture that is slowly waking up to realize that it is completely fucked."

• 10.07.13 EAUF presents, JAAP BLONK / JEB BISHOP
at MoCA | Jacksonville
A Cultural Resource of UNF

I'm beginning to feel the tremors of extreme excitement, because in just a couple weeks this show is going to blow the hinges off of MoCA | Jax, and I am stoked beyond definition: two amazing performers, an historic duo, EAUF and UNF organized and presented, and made possible by the tireless efforts of Clark Lunberry. For further information and uncoming events, please visit www.EAUF.org

• 09.17.13 I don't typically pander to the hocking of my musical wares, but in this particular case, I bare grateful exceptions; this beaut is a damn priss, clean and simple. Gorgeous. ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO THE EXPERIMENTAL ARTS UNION OF FLORIDA. (purchase order in link at Bandcamp)

NEW RELEASES:
• 'The Gilded Age: Perspectives on the Origins of Modern America', by Jamison Williams.

"This caustic, and gruesome, analysis offers to the listener an insight to the deplorable uncivil nature, inhumane expectations, and limitless greed found in the greatest figures of American industry during the early 20th century; these intimate biographies tell the story of thoughtless abuse, insatiable hunger for wealth, and an ultimate lack of understanding the value of a human's life worth."

• 08.28.13 Intimate Sound Showcase (The Funk House, Jacksonville, FL) with Nicolas Wandt, and Dan Kozak
We were very blessed to have has with us a very talented musician all the way from Germany, a musically inventive, collorfully creative, and delightfully warm spirit, and a wonderful person to have finally interacted with artistically in person; the trinketty, tiny sounds made between each of us reminded me of children playing, toying with ideas, laughing and further exploring where this challenge can take us. Anna Funk caught those incidental glimpses of adolescent interplay and contrast; I will remember them for as long as I can, it was a special night, and I am blessed to have such amazing friends who found an interest in the less showcased and creatively less popular genres of modern art, and for that I am greatly in debt to you all: thank you ALL very much. You have no idea how much I appreciate it.

• 08.25.13 Intimate Sound Showcase (The Funk House, Jacksonville, FL) with TJ Borden, and Dan Kozak
Come spend your Sunday at the Funk House, this event's entertainment will be provided by T.J. Borden, an amazing cellist, incredible person, and an occasion certianly not worth missing; it is a FREE event, but donations are encouraged. Come enjoy a night of sound exploration from talented national experimental musicians.

• 08.14-15.13 EAUF presents JEREMIAH CYMERMAN
Jacksonville, FL Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
as well as a trio performance the following night at the Intimate Sound Showcase (The Funk House).
including performances by Tim Albro & Jamison Williams

• 06.04.13 EAUF presents PETER BROTZMANN / JOE MCPHEE
Jacksonville, FL Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

• 05.26.13 Jacksonville, FL Burro Bar

Jacksonville Jazz Fest, "After Dark" presents
"Truth Is Marching In" | an ALBERT AYLER commemoration

Top Floridian avant/jazz musicians celebrating the
works of Albert Ayler, with performances by:

Michael Lanier
Bill Henderson
Jeff Abbott
Steven Bristol
Jason Dean Arnold
Jim Ivy
Kris Gruda
Lucy Bonk
Dan Kozak
Jamison Williams
Tim Albro

• 05.23.13 Finally got around to remastering, and rereleasing 'HELEN MIRREN' (2004), not to dwell on shit from the past, and only look back at albums that I did ten years ago, but this is one that seems to stick; it has a story, message, and great inspiration. Well, I included a brief story in the album credits; Henderson was shit faced, and all of this was recorded in little ass (POP) nouveau, and I was playing LOUD.

"This album was originally released by Vantage Bulletin through the [PROLOGUE] series, the precursor to the eventual ACT (I, II) series; this particular album was the debut release (2004) of my solo saxophone recordings, and under this particular condition, I was completely shit faced from a Bill Henderson donated bottle of homemade 150 proof scorcher. All recorded in one sitting, no edits, no added effects."

Also, not to forget the great ongoing of the city, and the festivities tha I am currently a part of, Jacksonville Jazz Fest (Jazz After Dark) has allows myself and a dozen other musicians from around Florida to commemorate the life of ALBERT AYLER, with a night Dedicated to him and the legacy that he left behind.

Jacksonville is warming up to 'free jazz' on a jazz fest night, huh, go figure; the last time the jazz fest offered anything this experimental was last year during +SoLo SOund Gallery's great opening.

• 5.22.13 (POP) nouveau archives have been shifting over to a newer, more accessible location, rather than having to rummage through constant portals of links, players, and photos over at the blogspot, this makes shit so much simpler; over the course of the next few months, key performances, footage, mock ups, and dedications will be transferred over for your enjoyment. Have a blast, break out a cold bottle of Jarritos and enjoy; life is now a little easier for a few of us.

• 05.16.13 Jacksonville, FL Shantytown Pub

International Noise Conference (tour)
TONS OF local/national artists
10-15 sets, 8pm-2am NOISE
including Rat Bastard...

• 04.10.13 Jacksonville, FL Shantytown Pub
• 04.08.13 Ft Lauderdale, FL IWAN The Bubble
• 03.26.13 +SoLo: reprise is dead, all hail the Experimental Arts Union of FLorida.

Stay tuned for some amazing artist from all over the globe, influencial contributors to the world of experimental jazz / sound arts / cutting edge music; keep your eyes on the Experimental Arts Union of Florida.

Every month the schedule will include a performance that will ultimately change your life for the better, please attend.

FEBRUARY: Tatsuya Nakatani
MARCH: Bonnie Jones
JUNE: Peter Brotzmann / Joe McPhee
AUGUST: Jeremiah Cymerman
SEPTEMBER: Josh Jefferson / Forbes Graham
OCTOBER: Jaap Blonk / Jeb Bishop
NOVEMBER: Lea Bertucci

• 02.05.13 Recorded segments for WJCT's "Hometown" (PBS programming) program (set to air in March) highlighting Jacksonville's experimental scene; topics include: International Noise Conference, personal development, and community supporters.

• 02.04.13 +SoLo: reprise, 02.06.13, (Burro Bar, Jacksonville)

This installment of '+SoLo: reprise' invites the Art Walk viewing public to listen to the ever-exciting, enthralling, and challenging works presented by Jacksonville's experimental sound/arts community; come experience some of the NE Florida's most interesting and engaging artists of the Floridian experimental arts genre.

"+SoLo: reprise" is designed as a platform to promote, and exchange, innovative and creative ideas, for those involved in the experimental and avant garde community; an extension of the original +SoLo Gallery, this satellite performance concept will be housed at Burro Bar every Art Walk (first Wednesday of every month): keep experimental, avant garde, noise, and improvisation music is alive in Jacksonville, FL. 

CONFIRMED ARTISTS:

ELECTRIC INERTIA
MICROWAVE WINDOWS
THE DAN KOZAK COMMEMORATIVE QUARTET
[north] FLORIDA NOISE ORCHESTRA
JAMISON WILLIAMS
GAMESHOW

• 02.01.13 Tomorrow night in Jacksonville, FL, Jamison Williams and Burro Bar will be hosting the 10th Annual pre-INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONFERENCE, with over 20 acts performing experimental sound arts of ALL KINDS; should definitely be a great time, and full of unexpectations. Show starts at 8pm, with Ryan Reno DJ'ing, and Matthew Moyer organizing sets.