He, along with members of the Pat Matheny Unity Band, was awarded Best Instrumental Jazz Album at the Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 10.
According to an email from Assistant Professor of Music Nikki Malley, Williams is the first Grammy award winner to perform at Rootabaga.
Williams is also the recipient of a number of other honors, including winning the Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition in 2009 and having his album ‘State of Art’ appear on many “best of” lists.
Though he is currently touring with the Pat Matheny Unity Band, Williams will be performing with Sound Effect and the Knox Jazz Ensemble as a part of Rootabaga on Saturday, April 13 at 5 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre. The show, along with all other Rootabaga events, is free to all Knox students.