Booker!

The Illustrated
Booker T. Williams, Jr.
Discography




A work by Lars Backström in collaboration with Booker T.

Born October 08, 2006

UPDATE April 05, 2016


Front cover of the CD: Go Tell It on the Mountain.
Silkheart Records.



Biography/Resume:

     Born on March 3, 1949 in Seattle, Washington, Booker T. Williams, Jr. displayed his artistic talent at
a very early age,…. sketching and drawing virtually anything and everything. However at around age 13,
Booker became smitten with the saxophone bug and his artwork became a secondary consideration.
After attending Washington State University and the University of Washington for several years, he set
out for NYC in 1974 to further “chase the music”, with a passion for art still reverberating in his being.

     Booker travelled extensively through-out Europe and Japan, honing his sax chops and gigged considerably
in and around New York. In addition, Booker has recorded, gigged, and jammed substantially with such
notables as Andrew Cyrille, Sonny Stitt, Reggie Workman, Denis Charles, Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp,
McCoy Tyner and Sonny Rollins to name a few.

     In late 2005, while giving saxophone lessons, one of Booker’s students gave him a Photoshop 6 disc.
Being a total novice, Booker began exploring the wonderful possibilities of  Photoshop. Mind you, his
artistic prowess of drawing and sketching was never out of reach.

     During early 2006, Booker experienced a season of insomnia. It was during this restless period that
Booker had some amazing breakthroughs with Photoshop and his art chops. He found himself thrust into
a “magical” world with an indescribably, unique style of rendering his art. Booker categorizes his art as
DIGITAL PAINTINGS with BOLD TEXTURES and COLORS that “jump right off the canvas and
into your heart”.

     Booker T.’s digital paintings have been featured in art exhibits in New Orleans, Baltimore and in New
York City. Booker’s artistic statement, that encompasses every aspect of his life and spills over into his
art is: graciously being able to see the UNSEEN and hear the UNHEARD…which IZZZZ ETERNAL!!!

     October 21, 2009,  Booker's piece TWO KEWL KATZ was selected as a Juried-Winning recipient
of the ART ON CALL AWARD in the category Graphics, see the second image. Full information from
AOCA Newsletter, see.

     Furthermore, October 31, 2009, Booker took part in Eric L. Jones TV Show with his piece called
THE SQUARE, where he was interviewed regarding his graphic art technique:

     


     In this video, Booker shows his image of Michael Jackson at an art exhibition @ the BOROUGH of
MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE commemorating HISPANIC HISTORY MONTH:

    


     Booker has also uploaded this video on YouTube:

    


     And here he is recently playing to a track by Donnie McClurkin, called STAND:

    


     Presently, Booker is also writing on a soon-to-be bestseller book, entitled
I SURVIVED A MODERN-DAY LYNCHING/LOVE LETTERS TO MY WIFE.

     Above and down here you will find some of Booker's images mixed with record informations.
See a complete collection of images. See also some music clips with Booker.
And a collection of jazzy art products.
In 1971, when Booker was still in college, he took part in a performance called Occupation Soul,
Booker is playing tenor sax on Occupation Soul and flute on Sunny.
More recently he's playing his horn in the National Anthem.




Booker!
THE_POWER_OF_SAX, 2006.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.


Session-by-session listing:

Broadcasts and private recordings:




Booker!
TWO KEWL KATZ, 2009.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



80.10.17

Saheb Sarbib and his Multinational Big Band: Live in the Public Theater

Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1001 (LP)

October 17, 1980
Public Theater, N.Y.C
  1. Concerto for Rahsaan [34:37]
  2. Daybreak [11:20]

[All compositions, Saheb Sarbib]

Saheb Sarbib (bass and leader)
William Brown, Steve Groves (guitar)
Roy Campbell, Ryuichi Homma, Jack Walrath (trumpet)
Vincent Holmes Jr., Art Baron, Tim Sessions (trombone)
Paul Schapiro, Talib Qadir, Lee Rozie (soprano saxophone)
Booker T., David Pate, Pete Chavez (tenor saxophone)
James Ford, Jemeel Moondoc, Mark Whitecage (alto saxophone)
David Sewelson (baritone saxophone)
David Hofstra (electric bass)
Guilherme Franco (percussion)
Richard Baratta (drums)



Booker!
@ the ART EXHIBITION, 2009.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



81.07.00 - 81.08.31

Saheb Sarbib and his Multinational Big Band: Aisha

Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1010 (LP)

July - August, 1981
High Rise Sound Studio, N.Y.C
  1. East 11:th Street [3:30]
  2. One for Lacy [4:50]
  3. New York Party [8:25]
  4. Get in Line [5:35]
  5. Aisha [17:10]
  6. The Unknown Step of Life [3:15]

[All compositions, Saheb Sarbib]

Saheb Sarbib (bass, piano, organ and leader)
Ahmed Abdullah, Roy Campbell, Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Mark Whitecage, Jemeel Moondoc, Lee Goodall (alto saxophone)
Paul Schapiro, Mel Ellison, Lee Rozie (soprano saxophone)
Booker T., David Pate, Pete Chavez (tenor saxophone)
David Sewelson (baritone saxophone)
Tim Sessions, Rick Davies (trombone)
William Brown, Steve Groves (guitar)
David Hofstra (electric bass)
Guilherme Franco (percussion)
Richard Baratta (drums)
Special Guest: Frank Wright (voice and tenor saxophone)



Booker!
LUCY IN THE SKY, 2010
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



82.00.00

Saheb Sarbib Sextet: Jancin' at Jazzmania

Jazzzmania Records 50325 (LP)

1982
Recorded Live at Jazzmania Society's Loft, N.Y.C
  1. In Walked Bud (Monk) [7:18]
  2. Lady Day [5:12]
  3. Song for Rashied [5:31]
  4. Conjunctions [5:28]
  5. Celebration [4:50]
  6. B. Fields [8:31]

[All compositions but In Walked Bud by Saheb Sarbib]

Mark Whitecage (alto saxophone)
Booker T. (tenor saxophone)
Mel Ellison (soprano saxophone)
Donald Smith (piano)
Saheb Sarbib (bass)
John Betsch (drums)

This album was recorded during two evenings of the unusual six-week series
called Jancin', held in 1982, integrating the arts of jazz and dance. The dancers
at these occasions were Leon von Brown and Mickey Davidson, according
to the back sleeve of the album.



Booker!
ANATOMY OF A SAX MAN, 2009.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



88.02.27

William Hooker Orchestra: Colour Circle

Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1041 (LP)

Februari 27, 1988
Recorded at Roulette, N.Y.C
  1. The Colour Circle [24:35]
  2. Revisited: Science [13:21]
  3. Society: Negro American [5:31]
  4. The Rising Culture [2:46]

[All compositions, William Hooker]

William Hooker (drums and voice)
Roy Campbell (trumpet)
Booker T. Williams (tenor saxophone)



Booker!
POST-TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME, 2010.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



88.04.06
88.04.07
88.04.08

Booker T. Trio: Go Tell It on the Mountain

Silkheart Records SHLP-114 (LP)
Silkheart Records SHCD-114 (CD)

April 06, 07 and 08, 1988
Recorded at A&R Recording, N.Y.C
  1. Go Tell It on the Mountain [16:31]
  2. When Mama Cries I Cry [9:53]
  3. Hussen Kalle Mazeltov [12:25]
  4. Jesus Loves Me [7:35]
  5. What a Friend We Have in Jesus [5:40]
  6. St. Thomas [7:17]. (Only on CD).

[When Mama Cries I Cry composed by Booker T. Williams Jr.,
What a Friend We Have in Jesus by Charles Converse/Joseph Scriven,
St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins, the others compositions are traditionals.
All arrangements by Booker T.]

Booker T. (tenor saxophone, alto sax on "When Mama Cries I Cry")
Saheb Sarbib (bass)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

Quoted from Jazz critic Frances Davis:
"The obsessive soul-searching that prods his work suggests affinities with John Coltrane and Albert Ayler.
 But unlike too many of the tenor saxophonists who have caught Coltane's and Ayler's fervor, Booker T.
 has an earthy sense of humor. This is a fascinating record that shouldn't be overlooked."


        Hussen Kalle Mazeltov



Booker!
jazzmo @ 2010 place, 2010.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



88.11.00

COLD SWEAT Plays J.B.

Winter & Winter JMT Edition 919025-2 (CD)

November 1988
Recorded at Media Sound, N.Y.C
  1. Brown's Prance (Craig Harris) [0:52]
  2. Give It Up Or Turn It A Loose (Charles Bobbitt) [6:50]
  3. It's A Man's World (James Brown) [6:50]
  4. I Got The Feelin' [Horns Only] (James Brown) [0:17]
  5. Brown's Dance (Craig Harris) [3:43]
  6. Showtime Medley (James Brown) [6:24]
  7. Please, Please, Please (James Brown, Johnny Terry) [4:36]
  8. Try Me (James Brown) [3:39]
  9. Cold Sweat (James Brown, Alfred Jones Ellis) [7:26]

[Composers as shown above]

Kenny Rogers(alto & soprano saxophone)
Booker T. Williams (tenor saxophone)
Eddie E. J.Allen (trumpet)
Craig Harris (trombone, vocals, musical directions)
Brandon Ross (electric guitar)
Fred Wells (electric guitar)
Clyde Criner (keyboards)
Alonzo Gardner (electric bass)
Damon Mendes (drums)
Kweyao Agyapon (percussion)

Guests:
Kenyatte Abdur-Rahman (percussion, 6)
Arthur Blythe (alto saxophone, 2 and 3)
Olu Dara (cornet, 2 and 7)
David Murray (tenor saxophone, 5 and 9)
Sekou Sundiata (vocals, 2 and 6)



Booker!
MR_J_B_, 2006.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



89.00.00

Pe De Boi: Power Samba Band

Arkadia Jazz 71321 (LP)

1989
  1. Essa Nega (Guilherme Franco) [3:08]
  2. Zazueira (Jorge Ben) [5:30]
  3. Reza Forte (G. Franco/Mestre Andre) [3:53]
  4. Samba Summer (G. Franco/M.Zangara) [3:55]
  5. Pabaruba (Guilherme Franco) [6:00]
  6. Capoeira (Dirceu Medeiros/M.Zangara) [6:23]
  7. Sequence Part I (Saheb Sarbib/G. Franco) [4:27]
  8. Sequence Part II (Saheb Sarbib/G. Franco) [4:50]
  9. Drums Evolution (G. Franco/M. Sapel) [4:30]
  10. Amazonia Jungle (G. Franco/M. Sapel) [2:15]

On 7 and 8:
Mark Whitecage (alto saxophone)
Booker T. (tenor saxophone)
David Pate (tenor saxophone)
Saheb Sarbib (piano, bass, (7))
Alberto Beserra (bass, (8))
Guilherme Franco, Marcio Sapel, Ricardo Torres, Manuel Monteiro,
Fernando Assis, Clancio Morales, Duduka da Fonseca, Cyro Baptista,
Steve Kroon, Lenny King, Fred Dias (percussion)
Steve Thornton (additional percussion, (7))

{Primary Source: info via Rene Wezel}



Booker!
PEACEFUL SORROW, 2007.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



89.04.26
89.04.27

Dennis Charles Triangle: Queen Mary

Silkheart Records SHLP-121 (LP)
Silkheart Records SHCD-121 (CD)

April 26 and 27, 1989
Recorded at Sound on Sound Recording Studio, N.Y.C
  1. Triangle [0:28]
  2. Sweet Melanie [15:52]
  3. Stand Back [5:36]
  4. Qween Mary [9:47]
  5. Bass Space [4:23]
  6. Rise Up [9:49]
  7. Afro-Amer.Ind [28:28]. (Only on CD).

[Afro-Amer.Ind composed by Wilber Morris,
all the others composed by Denis Charles.]

Booker T. (tenor saxophone)
Wilber Morris (bass)
Denis Charles (drums)
Huss Charles (congas)

All percussion on 1.

According to Booker T., the leader of this session was spelling his first name with one "n",
not with "nn" as is regular in the records Charles appeared on.

Liner notes by Valerie Wilmer.

     Here you can enjoy Rise Up:

    


"Named in honor of a revolutionary Black woman from St. Croix, Charles along with his
 brother Huss Charles on conga, a sturdy and outstanding Wilber Morris on bass, and a
 stalwartly strong but woefully under-recorded Booker T. on tenor sax offer up a program
 which manages to emphasize solos without at the same time de-emphasizing the compositions.
 The balance is extraordinary and the music invigorating, especially because its rhythmic appeal
 is so strong that one quickly drops any prejudices that one has about the lack of swing in avant-
 garde jazz."
(Kalamu ya Salaam, Wavelength, October 1991.)



Booker!
COLTRANE' S sonSHIP sunSHIP#1.5, 2008.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



90.08.00

COLD SWEAT: 4-Play

Winter & Winter 919042 (CD)

August 1990
Recorded at Skyline Studios, N.Y.C
  1. Foreplay One
  2. You are Everything
  3. Round Midnight
  4. Spinning Around
  5. Foreplay Two
  6. If this World were Mine
  7. Secret Garden, the
  8. Foreplay Three
  9. Going in Circles
  10. In the Rain
  11. Whip Appeal
  12. Nefertiti
  13. La La Means I Love You
  14. Foreplay Four

[Round Midnight by Thelonius Monk]

Andy Bey (vocals)
Sekou Sundiata (spoken vocals)
Sam Furnace (alto saxophone, flute)
George Adams, Booker T. Williams (tenor saxophone)
Eddie Allen (trumpet)
Craig Harris (trombone)
Fred Wells (guitar, background vocals)
Brandon Ross (guitar)
Douglas Booth (keyboards)
Melvi Gibbs, James Colloway (bass)
Damon Mendes (drums)
Kweyao Agyapon (percussion)



Booker!
Sonny Rollins, 2010
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



93.00.00

Ayibobo: Freestyle

DIW-877 (CD)

Recorded April 30 to May 24, 1993
at Eastside Sound, NYC
Released Dec 04, 1993

  1. Dessalines [4:91]
  2. Lenglesou [3:34]
  3. Vodoo Blue [7:26]
  4. Ayibobo [2:26]
  5. Afrika [5:38]
  6. Sondjemen [1:51]
  7. Afro Logic [3:20]
  8. Euzelie [3:19]
  9. Spirits [5:03]
  10. Plante [4:22]
  11. Tchouboum [3:46]
  12. Sing [4:50]
  13. M.C. Tido [1:38]

[All compositions by Jean-Paul Bourelly]

Jean-Paul Bourelly (lead guitar, vocal)
Wilfrid Ti Do Lavaud (lead vocal, drums, guitar)
Chico Boyer (bass, bgvocals, drums)
Ju Ju Julius House (trap drums)
Gaston "Bonga" Jean-Baptiste (drums, bgvocals)
Booker T. Williams (tenor sax, flute)
Craig Harris (trombone, didjeridoo)
Vincent Henry (alto sax)
Carl Bourelly (keyboards)
Roy Robinson (organ)

        Afrika



Booker!
THE MONK, 2011.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



95.00.00

Joy's Company: Fly Away

MOB_HOP_Records HPCD-006 (CD)

Produced 1995
  1. Close To Thee
  2. Lead Us
  3. Look Where He Brought Me From
  4. Fly Away
  5. We Have Come Into This House
  6. He Is Lord
  7. Highway To Heaven
  8. I've Decided To Make Jesus My Choice
  9. Fly Away (Extended Version)
  10. Highway To Heaven (11:00 AM Sunday Morning Mix)
  11. Lead Us (Reprise)

[Gospel Standards]

Joy's Company with
Booker T. Williams (sax)



Booker!
LADDER OF SUCCESS, 2008.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



95.03.00-95.04.00

Jean-Paul Bourelly & The BluWave Bandits:
Rock The Catharctic Spirits: vibe music and the blues!

Koch-CD-7849 (CD)
DIW-911 (CD)

Recorded 03-04 1995
Released 20 Jan. 1998
  1. Rock The Black Triumvirate [7:29]
  2. Chocolate Storm [9:42]
  3. Keep Com'n [6:57]
  4. Rainbow Trail [5:19]
  5. Creativitea [8:08]
  6. Rock The Cathartic Spirits [6:39]
  7. Neo-Boogaloo Consciousness [5:00]
  8. Hangin' At The Kushite Lounge [8:05]
  9. Dark Clouds Rolls [6:18]
  10. Badriia [4:54]

[All compositions by Jean-Paul Bourelly]

Jean-Paul Bourelly (lead guitar, subatomic guitar bass, keyboard bass, drums, vocals)
Alfredo Alias (drums)
Kevin K-dog Johnson (drums)
Kundalini Mark Battson (keyboards, bass keys, vocals)
Reggie Washington (bass)
Lonnie Plaxico (acoustic bass)
Jalal Sharif (percussion)
Michael Wimberly (percussion)
D.J. Logic (Jason Kibler) (turntables)
Booker T. Williams (tenor sax)
Irene Datcher (background vocals)



Booker!
MICHAELA JACKSONIAN, 2009.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



96.00.00

Ron Perkov: You, Beautiful Dreamer

Arkee Music, Inc.

Produced 1996
  1. Make Me Rainbows
  2. All The Things You Are
  3. You, Beautiful Dreamer
  4. I'm Oldfashioned
  5. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
  6. Remind Me, I'm In Love Again
  7. Day In, Day Out
  8. Summertime
  9. On The Street Where You Live
  10. Night And Day
  11. The Very Thought Of You


Ron Perkov (vocal) with Orchestra and
Booker T. Williams (sax)



Booker!
OBAMALAND, 2009.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



97.11.15

Milo Z: Live & Bumpin'

Schoolcut Records SC0002 (CD)

November 15, 1997
Recorded Live at Tramps
Released February 9, 1999
  1. Karrina
  2. Stop the Violence
  3. Body
  4. On Your Time
  5. Dog
  6. Show Ya
  7. She's So Serious
  8. Little Red Riding Hood
  9. Start All Over
  10. Get Out Your Seat
  11. Little Red Riding Hood [Remix]

[On Your Time composed by Copeland,
All the others composed by Milo Z.]

Rock'n Roll Group with
Booker T. Williams (sax)



Booker!
Portrait of a CANNON, 2009.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



98.00.00

Jean-Paul Bourelly:
Vibe music

ID: PAO CD 10 500 (CD)
Japanese: KIJC-388 (CD)

Produced 1998
Released March 1, 1999
  1. Aqua blu [4:33]
  2. Grass Hut [4:16]
  3. Soul Is Red [4:18]
  4. Boom Town [2:18]
  5. Hope [6:31]
  6. Groovy [1:24]
  7. Buddhas Delight [3:23]
  8. Move On [5:57]
  9. Buddhas Vibe [1:19]
  10. Passage To Exstacy [5:33]
  11. Moon Child [12:50]
  12. Think'n Bout My Baby [4:48]
  13. The Lonely Know [11:44]

[All compositions by Jean-Paul Bourelly]

Jean-Paul Bourelly guitars)
D.J. Logic (Jason Kibler) (keyboards)
Kundalini Mark Battson (keyboards)
T.M. Stevens (bass)
Booker T. Williams (sax)
Reggie Washington (bass)
Irene Datcher (vocals)
Big Royal Talamacus (bass)
Slam T. Wig (drums)
Alfredo Alias (drums)
Kevin K-dog Johnson (drums)
Michael Wimberly (percussion)
Jalal Sharif (percussion)
Lonnie Plaxico (double bass, bass)
Mark Peterson (bass)



Booker!
John Coltrane, 2010.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



98.06.30

Francisco Mondragon Rio / Stomu Takeishi: Human Rights

Pulque Records PULCD-7 (CD)

June 30, 1998
Recorded at 39 St. Productions, N.Y, N.Y.
Released 1999
  1. Atardecer [9:08]
  2. Light in the Sky [4:59]
  3. Nadie Como Tu [6:18]
  4. Getting Closer (Acercando) [12:49]
  5. Human Rights [3:05]
  6. Hercules Temple [5:28]
  7. Ballad # 36 [10:52]

[All compositions by Francisco Mondragon Rio]

Francisco Mondragon Rio (acustic and stratocaster guitar)
Stomu Takeishi (5 string bass and acustic bass)
Booker T. Williams (sax and flute)
Santoshi Takeishi (percussion)
Enrique Castro Flores (small percussion)
Robert Kaplan (drums on 3 and 5)



Booker!
THE PHANTOM BASS, 2011.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



99.10.28

Devorah Day: Light of Day

Abaton 009 (CD)

Recorded October 28, 1999
Released August 26, 2003
  1. Lila [6:00]
  2. Come Closer [6:10]
  3. Our Bit of Piddling [2:20]
  4. Lover Man [8:46]
  5. Dindi [3:54]
  6. Freejam [8:15]

[Lila composed by Sylvester, Wale]
[Come Closer, Our Bit of Piddling, Freejam composed by Devorah Day]
[Lover Man composed by Davis, Ramirez, Sherman]
[Dindi composed by Jobim]

Devorah Day (vocals)
Marion Brown (alto saxophone)
Booker T. (alto and tenor saxophone)
Jorge Sylvester (alto and tenor saxophone)
David Coldring (bass)

This became Marion Brown's last recording.



Booker!
STYLE in the BLACK HOUSE, 2009.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



00.00.01

Gilbert Dababy: La Privé Se Kle

Haiti et les Etats Unis (CD)

Produced 2000

  1. Interlude
  2. Louwe Non Li
  3. Wa Lonje Menw
  4. La Priyé Se Kle
  5. Ooo Jesus
  6. Legliz La
  7. Pot Pourri #3
  8. Banm Jezu' m nan
  9. Tu Es Lumière (inst.)
  10. Yo Mande Jezu
  11. Tu Es Lumière
  12. Pawol Bondye
  13. Jezu Kap Veye
  14. Interlude
Gilbert Dababy (vocals)
Orchestra
Booker T. Williams (alto and tenor saxophone)
Back vocals choire



Booker!
Miles Davis, 2010.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.


Broadcasts and private recordings

85.00.00

Booker T.: Exclusively on Alto

Private recording

Sometime 1985-1986
  1. Hussen Kalle Mazeltov [12:25]
  2. Body And Soul [10:45]
  3. Sonnymoon For Two [5:37]
  4. On The Trail [8:48]
  5. Mr. PC [7:52]

["Body and Soul" composed by Green, Heyman, Eytan & Sour,
Sonnymoon For Two by Sonny Rollins, On The Trail
by Ferde Grofé and Mr. PC by John Coltrane.]

Booker T. (alto saxophone)
Ralph Williams (tenor saxophone)
Unknown (guitar, piano, bass)
Wade Barnes (drums)



Booker!
BIRD AIRLINES#1, 2008.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



93.11.14

Booker T. w. Denis Charles Trio: Live in Philly

Private Recording

November 14, 1993
Recorded at Mideast restaurant, Philadelphia
  1. Hussen Kalle Mazeltov [13:00]
  2. Come Sunday [5:46].

["Come Sunday" composed by Duke Ellington]

Booker T. (tenor saxophone)
Wilber Morris (bass)
Denis Charles (drums)
Huss Charles (congas)



Booker!
me on sax, 2008.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



94.12.00

Jazz Meets Hora

Video

Two sets were performed at the University of Arts, Philadelphia, in 1994 and all music was recorded.
This concert was preceded by a work shop with students earlier the same day and a radio interview by
Ludwig Van Trikt. Hora is a Jewish dance.

First Set:
  1. Hussen Kalle Mazeltov
  2. Hora Medley
    a. Mazeltov
    b. Yossel! Yossel!
    c. Hava Nagilah
  3. Star of David
  4. Mitzvahs
  5. Jesus Loves Me

[Total time: 1 hour and 7 minutes]

Second Set:

  1. A Warm-Up Piece
  2. Yossel! Yossel!
  3. Hora Medley
    a. Ode Yishoma
    b. Simontov
    c. Hava Nagilah
  4. Segue Out

[Total time: 55 minutes]

Booker T. Williams (tenor sax, alto sax, flute)
Tony Cedras (piano, accordion)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
Wilber Morris (bass)
Reggie Nicholson (drums, tympany)

Not officially released earlier, but here you will find an upload on YouTube by Booker T.
Excellently filmed by the late, great CHARLES ABRUZZO. Intestinal Fortitude by Moishe Kampin
& James Lee Frazier, Jr. Digital conversion by Lars Backström (depending on differences between
American and European standards, it was made black and white).


        

        

Before this event, Jack Lloyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER, on December 09, 1994, announced:

THE BOOKER T. QUINTET. The billing for this concert is "Jazz Meets the Hora," so it is clear
that this will not be a routine event, since one does not ordinarily think of Jewish music in the
jazz context. Booker T., however, is no ordinary musician.

The saxophonist and flutist, who hails from Seattle, spent a number of years toiling in New York
without gaining much attention. That changed to a degree in 1988, when he recorded "Go Tell It
on the Mountain" for Silkheart Records. More recently, Booker T. was featured on Freestyle
(DIW Records) by the Haitian-American group Ayibobo.

The musician has been greatly influenced by the gospel music he was raised with, and later by the
Jewish music he heard playing on weddings and other events when he was scuffling for a living.
For those seeking a different slant on jazz, this concert should prove interesting.




Booker!
JUNEBUG SLIM, 2009.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



98.10.22

7:th Spirits

Video

Oct 22-29, 1998
During the first night of a one week performance at
Cancun Club, Osaka, Japan, these tunes were recorded.
Not officially released earlier, but here you can see an upload by Booker on YouTube.
  1. Hussen Kalle Mazeltov
  2. El Corason (Seiki Yukimoto)
  3. Go Tell It on the Mountain

[Total time: 52 minutes]

Booker T. Williams (tenor sax)
Seiki Yukimoto (trumpet)
Kazuhiko Hasu (guitar)
Michihiro Morisada (bass)
Tatsuya (drums)
Ryoto Tanaka (percussion)






Booker!
SIR DEEPY P. DEPTHNESS III (1), 2008.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



99.00.00

Booker T. Williams Jr.: Life's a Bitch....Until You Marry One

Short film by Chris Burns (DVD)

Produced 1999

[Music arranged by Booker T. Williams Jr.]

Booker T. Williams (tenor sax, flute)
Geoffrey Wright (bass guitar)



00.00.00

Japan 2000

Video

During a performance in 2000 in RAG Live Spot Club, Osaka,
Japan, these tunes were recorded. Not officially released.

First Set:
  1. Tenor Madness (Rollins)
  2. Hussen Kalle Mazeltov
  3. S:t Thomas (Rollins)
  4. The Creator Has A Master Plan (Sanders, Thomas)

[Total time: 1 hour and 33 minutes]

Second Set:

  1. Danny Boy/Amazing Grace
  2. The Nearness of You (Carmichael)
  3. MC (Jean-Paul Bourelly)
  4. Jesus Loves Me

[Total time: 55 minutes]

Booker T. Williams (tenor sax)
Seiki Yukimoto (trumpet, flute)
Mitsuhiro Furuya (tenor sax)
Kazuhiko Hasu (guitar)
Katsuhiko Sasai (bass)
Jyun Nagami (drums)
Ryoto Tanaka (percussion)



Booker!
SUNDAY MORNIN', 2009.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



06.11.25

Henry P. Warner Quintet

Video

November 25, 2006
Recorded Live at Vision Club, N.Y.C
Not officially released.
  1. Some Place Nice (Warner)
  2. Blues Jam (Warner)
  3. Impressions (Coltrane)
[Total time: 1 hour]

Henry P. Warner (alto saxophone)
Booker T. (tenor saxophone)
Jesse Henry (guitar)
William Parker (bass)
Eugene Jackson (drums)



Booker!
THE MANDOLIN SHOPPE, 2007.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



07.05.19

5C Quartet at Brecht Forum

Video
Produced by Susan L. Yung.

May 19, 2007
Recorded Live at Brecht Forum, N.Y.C
Not officially released.
  1. Rehearsal [27:57]
  2. Performance [31:54]
Trudy Silver (piano)
Booker T. (tenor saxophone)
Will O'Connell (alto sax, clarinet & flute)
Warren Smith (drums)



Booker!
THE POWER OF LOVE, 2008.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



08.01.07
08.01.19

Booker T. practicing & performing

Home Videos
Produced by Donna Paul-Williams.

January 07 & 19, 2008

Uploaded on Internet:
  1. Practicing [2:57]
  2. The Performance [1:02]
Booker T. practicing and performing on tenor saxophone in video film.



Booker!
NATION AGAINST NATION, 2007.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



15.06.13

I Believe I Can Fly

Video courtesy of JESUS " THE LEGACY " ROSARIO.

June 13, 2015

 Booker!
  1. I Believe I Can Fly (R. Kelly) [4:52]



Booker!
DANCIN' ON THE CEILING, 2009.
Image copyright © Booker T. Williams, Jr..
Reproduced with permission.



Society Situation Dance Band

Booker T. has also over the years been a permanent member
of Henry Threadgill's "Society Situation Dance Band", an about
20 piece orchestra at least documented at these occasions:

For example the lineup from Hudson Tent, according to the jazzfest schedule, should be:

Henry Threadgill (conductor)
Amina Claudine Myers (vocals)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
Brandon Ross (guitar)
Tony Cedras (accordion, harmonium)
Leroy Jenkins (violin)
Jason Kao Hwang (violin)
Charles Burnham (violin)
Akua Dixon Turré (cello)
Michelle Kinney (cello)
John Stubblefield (tenor sax)
Booker T. (tenor sax)
Rolando Brisegno (soprano sax)
Russell Gunn (trumpet)
Ted Daniel (trumpet)
Oswaldo Melendez (trombone)
Stomu Takeishi (electric bass)
J.T. Lewis (drums)
Roberto Maldonado (percussion)

SSDB plays Threadgill's arrangements of his familiar tunes, partly from the Sextet albums.
Unfortunately none of these concerts have been commercially issued.

On four clips from Hamburg, we see Threadgill conducting. The first clip finds Bob Stewart on
tuba and Booker T. soloing on tenor sax. The right clip finds Ted Daniel soloing on trumpet and
John Stubblefield on soprano sax. The third clip is dominated by Craig Harris' trombone, followed
by Sherri Scott's and Drew Richards' singing. This duo continues on the fourth clip, followed by
Jerome Harris on bass guitar and John Stubblefield's return, this time on tenor sax. Drummer
(to the right) is Reggie Nicholson and I think the percussionist is Roberto Maldonado:


        

        


The following text is an extract and the end of a review, Sashaying In Your Head,
by Robert Christgau from the above Texaco event:

"Booker T. Williams sent everybody home happy by shrieking, honking and
 funking to a showboat climax. Stubblefield was so happy that he sashayed
 and twitched his hips as the rest of the band filed off."

Village Voice, June 23, 1998



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