Channeling Jaco Pastorius, Bassist Ben Williams Plays Part 2 of His 3-Month Residency at Ginny’s Supper Club
Ginny's Supper Clubhttp://www.ginnyssupperclub.com/event/1460278-ben-williams-gogo-night-new-york/
310 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10027
What’s pretty incredible is how the landscape for acoustic jazz bass has widened in the past decade, with a steady stream of new beat keepers joining the ranks. Case in point: Ben Williams who in 2009 won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition as determined by esteemed judges inclkuding Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, Robert Hurst, Christian McBride and John Patitucci. He’s got two fine Concord Records albums under his belt (2011’s State of Art and 2015’s Coming of Age) and since 2012 has been a member of guitarist Pat Metheny’s Unity Band, which won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album (titled Unity Band).
Williams will also be embarking to Havana for the sixth annual International Jazz Day—celebrated worldwide on April 30—to be as member of an All-Star Global Concert presented at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO.
A little over a week before that historic gig, Williams will be performing the second show of his three-month residency at Ginny’s Super Club. Each of the shows finds him exploring new territory. Last month he experimented with Power Trio and in May he’ll be presenting a GoGo bash. This month he focuses on the iconic electric bassist Jaco Pastorius, delivering his seminal music in his own interpretation. —Dan Ouellette