Grammy-nominated producer, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Larry Williams has performed and co‑produced with the greatest musical artists on some of the most important albums and films in music history.
55th Annual Grammy Awards, Jan 26, 2014: Larry Williams on sax performing with Ringo Starr and the Don Was All-Star Band.
Grammy-nominated producer, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Larry Williams has performed, co-produced and toured with the greatest musical artists on some of the best-sellling albums and films in music history for over 35 years. Having studied classical and jazz on a scholarship at Indiana University, he is known for his proficiency on both keyboards and woodwinds (saxes, flutes and clarinet), Larry’s contributions can be heard on over 1500 records, movies and commercials.
A founding member of the seminal band Seawind in 1975, Larry has gone on to record with a who’s who of the music industry including: Green Day, John Mayer, Paul McCartney, Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Prince, Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Placido Domingo, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Chic Corea, Rod Stewart, Simply Red, Joni Mitchell, Don Henley, The Pussycat Dolls, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, George Benson, Dionne Warwick, Steve Vai, David Foster, James Newton Howard, Patti LaBelle, The Pointer Sisters and Frank Sinatra among many others and has had a long recording and touring association with five-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau.
Larry credits Quincy Jones as his mentor with whom he recorded over 30 projects including Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall”, “Bad” and “Thriller” – the biggest selling album of all time.
“I’ve been lucky enough to experience the exciting and totally positive energy of pure music at the highest level.” — Larry Williams
“Larry Williams’ versatility is amazing, his arranging is impeccable, and his playing is without peer.”
— Quincy Jones
“Larry’s horn section arrangement completely captured the vision and vibe I was looking for.”
— John Mayer
“Larry Williams brought his unique talents to ‘Off the Wall’, ‘Bad’ and ‘Thriller’.”
— Michael Jackson
“Larry Williams on keyboards, programmes and sax – what a wizard!! Brilliant!”
— Paul Young
“The brother plays his ass off …his arrangements are magical.”
— George Benson
“Larry Williams’ has played woodwinds, keyboards and arranged for me. I love his work.”
— Ron Fair, President, A&M/Geffen
“Larry Williams has been with me for 30 years. He’s my main man.” — Al Jarreau
“Larry was an integral part of the George and Al CD …his contributions as an arranger and producer were invaluable.”
— John Burk, Exec. VP, A&R-Concord Records
“If you want a first rate musician on keyboards and sax, call Larry Williams.”
— Eric Clapton
Larry did the horn arrangements on both the John Mayer/Katy Perry hit “Who You Love” and Anita Baker’s Blue Note release “Only Forever”. At the Marseille Jazz Festival, Chic Corea sat in with Larry and Al Jarreau to play “Spain”.
Larry plays sax on Michael Bublé‘s hit “To Be Loved”. Larry plays sax with drummer Steve Ferrone at the Guitar Center Drum-Off at Nokia Live.