Tony Williams, who lived a full lifetime of 92 years and was one of many legendary alto saxophonists who actually represented “The Sound Of Philadelphia” departed this life on Saturday, November 11, 2023.
Williams was a jazz musician for over 50 years. Born July 2, 1931, Williams spent his early years raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, his household later moved up north, the place he grew up outdoors of Philadelphia in Crestmont, Pennsylvania.
Williams grew up taking part in the horn as a teenager and shortly found his love for music. He performed in class bands in highschool (Abington Excessive College) and later went to varsity at Tennessee A & I (presently generally known as Tennessee State College), performed with their band and was an impressive sprinter on their observe crew. He later transferred to Central State College in Ohio and attached with music and athletic alternatives there.
Williams additionally had a ardour to “maintain jazz alive,” so it was not sufficient for him simply to be knowledgeable musician. He needed to give again, and he did it in a manner that would not be matched by many.
Williams began a jazz concept and music program and jazz band at Ada H. Lewis Center College. Not lengthy after, he based the Mount Ethereal Cultural Heart, Inc. of which he was the founder and director. To study extra in regards to the heart, go to: www.maccjazz.org.
Williams’ Celebration of Life Service will probably be held at Salem Baptist Church, positioned at 2741 Woodland Street, Abington, PA 19001 on Monday, November 20. Viewing is 8-10 a.m. and the service will start at 10 a.m.