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Gary Williamson


GARY WILLIAMSON (pianist) has been playing professionally since 1964, working with nearly everyone on the Toronto jazz scene, and backing visiting greats in all of the city’s leading jazz clubs. He performed frequently at Bourbon Street in its heyday, working with legendary jazz figures including Junior Cook, Thad Jones, and Dexter Gordon. He played and toured extensively with ‘Nimmons 'N Nine Plus Six’, and has recorded with everyone from Phil Nimmons and Ed Bickert to Kathryn Moses, Sam Noto, and Hagood Hardy.

Williamson is also a dedicated educator who teaches currently with the Etobicoke (Toronto) Board of Education and on the Jazz Studies faculty at the University Toronto. Over the past he has taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts, a Humber College Summer Music Workshop, ‘Chamber Music and All That Jazz’ at the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Toronto Big Band Workshops.

Gary Williamson performed on 14 separate “Sound of Toronto Jazz” concerts at the Ontario Science Centre from 1977 to 1997, once as a solo pianist (on March 7, 1983) and on other occasions with Lorne Lofsky, Terry Lukiwsky, the Phil Nimmons Quartet, Kirk MacDonald, Leo Sullivan, Martin Franklin, Art Ellefson, Marty Morell, Bob McLaren, Neil Swainson, and ‘Nimmons ‘n’ Nine Plus Six’.