Charles Williams (musician)

Charles Isaac Williams (born July 18, 1932) is an alto saxophonist based in New York City.[1]

Charles Williams
Birth nameCharles Isaac Williams
Also known asC. I. Williams
Born (1932-07-18) July 18, 1932 (age 89)
OriginHalls, Tennessee
GenresJazz, Soul jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, bandleader
InstrumentsAlto saxophone
Years active1971-1997
LabelsMainstream, Mapleshade
Associated actsDon Pullen, Bubba Brooks, Larry Willis


Williams was born in Halls, Tennessee and moved to Alton, Illinois at the age of eight where he later played in the junior high school band, majored in music education at Lincoln University, in Jefferson City, Missouri and taught orchestral music in St. Albans, Queens.[2] He released three albums on the Mainstream label in the early 1970s.[3] Williams also played with Clark Terry, Frank Foster, and singer Ruth Brown.[2] In 1995 Hamiett Bluiett approached record producer Pierre Sprey's Mapleshade label and convinced them to record Williams first album in more than two decades.[1]



  1. ^ a b Henderson, A., C. I. Williams: Allmusic Artist Biography, accessed November 11, 2014
  2. ^ a b Griffiths, David, Hot Jazz: From Harlem to Storyville, Scarecrow Press, 1998, pp. 82-85
  3. ^ Edwards, D., Callahan, Eyries, P., Watts, R. & Neely, T. Discography of the Mainstream Label (Preview), accessed October 18, 2014
  4. ^ Charles Williams discography, accessed November 11, 2014