Drew Williams is a composer, saxophonist, and bass clarinetist from Kansas City, Missouri currently living in Jersey City, NJ. Regardless of whether he’s writing music for film, big band, or youth chorus, he brings a unique sensibility that draws on his experience playing indie rock, classical, and jazz music.  His regularly plays with and has composed music for Wing Walker Orchestra, Mister Mozart, Bolo, and Matterhorn at venues such as Threes Brewery, Shapeshifter Lab, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Jazz Gallery, and Spectrum.

Drew is also the founder of Wing Walker Music. Through their podcast, mixtapes, and Music for Wing Walkers concert series, they have exposed some of the most adventurous music being made by both established and emerging musicians.


For the past two years, Wing Walker Orchestra have collaborated with the Festival of New Trumpet Music to present two nights of music that expand the idea of what a trumpet player can do and highlight musical innovation that defies genres. The Wing Walker Orchestra featured guests artists Ralph Alessi, Shane Endsley, Jonathan Finlayson, and Jason Palmer and arranged their music for large ensemble. These concerts were previewed in the New York Times and the New Yorker. 

Drew earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Truman State University, where he studied with Dr. Randall Smith and Tim AuBuchon, and a Master’s Degree from New York University where he studied with Ralph Alessi, Alan Ferber, Rich Perry and Justin Dello Joio

“Drew Williams is a musician who looks to find his inspiration among the tension that exists between improvisation and composition. The compositions that emerge from his pen encapsulate elements heard in all of the greatest jazz tunes: melodies that are singable while being subtly complex, and harmonies that are challenging without being alienating. They serve as wonderful vehicles to illuminate his beautifully edgy improvisational style on the tenor saxophone. Drew is doing invaluable work that is pushing jazz forward and keeping the music relevant among a younger audience. His work will no doubt inspire other musicians to instill life into a style of music that many consider is approaching its expiration date. Now more than ever, we need people like Drew Williams!
— Alan Ferber, Trombonist and Composer


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