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Instruments  Saxophone, clarinet
Genres  Rock music, Jazz
Education  DePaul University
Role  Saxophonist
Name  Mars Williams

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Born  28 May 1955 (age 60) Elmhurst, Illinois United States (1955-05-28)
Occupation(s)  Musician, orchestrator, arranger
Associated acts  The Waitresses, The Psychedelic Furs, Liquid Soul
Albums  Eftsoons, All of This and Nothing, The Psychedelic Furs: Greatest Hits, Hoofbeats of the Snorting Swine
Music groups  The Psychedelic Furs (Since 1986), Liquid Soul (Since 1993), The Waitresses, NRG Ensemble
Similar People  Kent Kessler, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy

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Mars Williams (born May 29, 1955 in Elmhurst, Illinois) is an American jazz and rock saxophonist. Exposed to big band and dixieland jazz by his trumpet-playing father, Williams played classical clarinet for ten years, then migrated to saxophone in his last year of high school, citing the influence of Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker. He attended De Paul University and later the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians where he studied under founders Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell. In 2004 he was selected by the Moers Festival as their featured artist.


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Williams is a musician, orchestrator, and arranger who has played with The Waitresses and The Psychedelic Furs. He was only to tour with The Furs in Australia for a month in 1983 as then sax-player Gary Windo was unable to make the trip. After a successful tour and the breakup of the Waitresses, he was asked to stay on as a permanent member, which he did until 1989 and later rejoined in 2005. He has also performed with Billy Idol, the Power Station, Billy Squier, Massacre, Ministry, and Die Warzau.

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He has toured and recorded with the Peter Brotzmann Tentet, the Vandermark 5, Cinghiale, Our Daughter's Wedding, and Mark Freeland's Electroman, and is the bandleader of several spin-off jazz groups: Grammy Award nominated, acid jazz pioneer Liquid Soul, Hal Russell's NRG Ensemble, Witches & Devils, Slam, and XmarsX. He is active in the Chicago improvisational jazz underground scene both individually and as a member of the quartet Extraordinary Popular Delusions.

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As leader/co-leader

  • Eftsoons (Nessa, 1981 [1985]) with Hal Russell
  • Cinghiale: Hoofbeats of the Snorting Swine (Eight Day, 1996) with Ken Vandermark
  • Witches & Devils: At the Empty Bottle (Knitting Factory, 2000)
  • Boneshaker (Trost, 2012)
  • Moments Form (Idyllic Noise, 2013)
  • Unusual Words (Soul What, 2014)
  • With the NRG Ensemble

  • Calling All Mothers (Quinnah, 1994)
  • This Is My House (Delmark, 1996)
  • Bejazzo Gets a Facelift (Atavaistic, 1998)
  • With Liquid Soul

  • Liquid Soul (1995)
  • Make Some Noise (1998)
  • Here's the Deal (2000)
  • Evolution (2002)
  • One-Two Punch (2006)
  • As sideman

    With Hal Russell

  • Elixir (Atavistic, 1979 [2001])
  • The Finnish/Swiss Tour (ECM, 1991)
  • The Hal Russell Story (ECM, 1993)
  • With Ken Vandermark

  • Standards (Quinnah, 1995)
  • Barrage Double Trio: Utility Hitter (Quinnah, 1996)
  • Vandermark 5: Single Piece Flow (Atavistic, 1997)
  • Vandermark 5: Target or Flag (Atavistic, 1998)
  • References

    Mars Williams Wikipedia

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