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Bradley Williams recorded and traveled internationally as
pianist/arranger with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd in the mid-80's. He
settled in Chicago and served as musical director and accompanist at
the city's legendary Gold Star Sardine Bar cabaret. In 1995 the pianist
founded his jazz variety show, the Original 21st Century Review,
featuring seven musicians, three vocalists and a tap dancer. His duo
association with vocalist Gingi Lahera parallels the development the
21st Century Review.
His various ensembles perform at the Signature Lounge on the 96th
floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago and appear at the Jazz
Showcase, Pops for Champagne, Toulouse on the Park, Green Dolphin
Street, and the Bop Shop. He's been featured regularly at The Plaza
Tavern in Chicago's downtown theater district and at The Chicago Hilton
and Towers Jazz Brunch.
Bradley Williams' eleven-piece 21st Century Review performed at The
Jerusalem Jazz Festival and traveled to India for performances in Mumbai
(Bombay) and New Delhi. Williams' band, compositions and voice are the
soundtrack of the recent Chicago film, "Wrigley Field: Beyond the Ivy."
The pianist's first trio record, "The Next Sound You Hear," was
released in 1994. His subsequent CD's with the Original 21st Century
Review include "Songs for Swinging Sophisticates," Volumes 1 and 2, and
Williams has, in addition, served as co-host of the internationally
syndicated public radio series, Words and Music, broadcast over
Chicago's WFMT (98.7 FM) and The Radio Networks along with the British
Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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