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WILLIAMS, John (pianist)

(b John Thomas Williams, 28 January 1929, Windsor VT) Jazz pianist with a unique style, spikey but flowing forward and swinging, who made trio albums for Emarcy in 1954-5 and played in Stan Getz's quartet and quintet, also with Cannonball Adderley and others. His first LP was a 10" number, and he joked that after he and his mother each had a copy, he wondered who had bought the third one. Decades later mint copies were fetching hundreds of dollars. The second album was a 12", and both were reissued on a Fresh Sound CD, but although he was very highly regarded, Williams hed left professional music, not on a whim but as a banker. He later became a city commissioner in Hollywood, Florida.