Jay - Have you traveled much since leaving the Army?
Mr. Williams - Yes, my wife, who has a Masters in Nursing, and me have been to Australia, Rome, Venice, and Paris on leisure.
Jay - Did you come up with any notable old school Jazz musicians?
Mr. Williams - Yes, Quincy Jones (composer and former trumpeter) was a street musician who played in a club in Boston. He would sit in and play all night. Louis Farrakhan (Muslim leader) was a dancer at one of the lodges here and Thelonious Monk (former Jazz pianist) was one of his students in New York. I also played with a guy that played with the late Louis Armstrong.
Jay - How do you teach your students the free-flowing art of Jazz?
Mr. Williams - My way of teaching is to teach them how to improvise.
Jay - What is your opinion of the state of Jazz today?
Mr. Williams - Jazz today is still progressing, musicians are well schooled, and even the Japanese and Chinese now respect Jazz musicians. America, however, is less impressed and they push novices.
Jay - What about Black people; do they still support our art?
Mr. Williams - Black people don't follow Jazz the way they should and don't know the history. I'd like to see more young people get into it, it's our heritage.
Jay - Who are some of your favorite Jazz musicians?
Mr. Williams - The late Charlie Parker (sax) and John Coltrane (sax) were musicians like we used to be. The Marsalis brothers done a lot for Jazz; their father was a good teacher. We need more musicians to do that.
Jay - Who were some of the musicians that inspired you in when you were coming up?
Mr. Williams - There were a lot of innovators in Boston when I came here; The late Jackie Byars (piano), Dexter Gordon (sax), Paul Gonzalez (sax), and Duke Ellington (composer, piano).
Jay - Do you give back to the community?
Mr. Williams - Yes, we generate scholarships through our 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization via the Glee Project and Berkley Scholarships.
Jay - Do you have any special projects coming up?
Mr. Williams - Yes, I'm going to do a radio program on 106.7 here in Boston in July.
Jay - I see you have a side gig selling Black Miracle Posters, what's that all about?
Mr. Williams - Yes, we sell those museum-quality posters and prints to help support our scholarship programs.
Jay - Whose idea was it to play two instruments (saxes) at the same time?
Mr. Williams -- I got that idea from another guy.
Note: Some photos courtesy of Fred Williams
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