Larry Williams (jazz musician)


Larry Williams
Larry Williams, 2006.jpg
Williams in 2006
Background information
Birth nameLawrence Lowell Williams
GenresJazz, Funk / Soul, Jazz-Rock, Pop
Occupation(s)Producer, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist
InstrumentsKeyboards, saxophone, flute, clarinet
Associated actsSeawind, Al Jarreau, Sheila E, George Benson, Quincy Jones

Lawrence Lowell Williams is an American record producer, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist. He regularly toured and recorded with Al Jarreau.[1]

Early life

Williams was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in Overland Park. Studied music at Indiana University School of Music where he met Jerry Hey and Kim Hutchcroft, who would later become a member of Seawind. He left university to work full-time with the Seawind in Hawaii.[2]


He has recorded with Christopher Cross, David Crosby, Helen Reddy, Lee Ritenour, Lionel Richie, Mezzoforte, Michael Bolton, Michael Franks, Michael Jackson, Minnie Riperton, Natalie Cole, Olivia Newton-John, Pat Benatar, Patrice Rushen, Paul Young, Pink Floyd, Randy Crawford, Randy Newman, Ray Parker Jr., Richard Marx, Rick Astley, Roberta Flack, Sheena Easton, Simply Red and Stevie Nicks among others. Williams played tenor saxophone, flute and keyboards on Michael Jackson's album Thriller.[3]


  1. ^ Murph, John (September 2004). "Al Jarreau Accentuate the Swing (interview)". JazzTimes. JazzTimes. Retrieved July 26, 2013. He knows me inside and out, Jarreau says of Williams. It was just natural for him to do the arrangements, because he knows where I've been, what I like doing, and how I am these days onstage.
  2. ^ "Interviews | Larry Williams | Official Site". Retrieved 2021-07-31.
  3. ^ "Career Highlights | Larry Williams | Official Site". Retrieved 2021-07-31.

External links

  • Interview with Larry Williams on Yuzu Melodies
  • Larry Williams discography at Discogs