Jazz vocalist to lead Pierce Street performance
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Troesh Conference Center of La Sierra’s Zapara School of Business. Admission is free. Bassist Henry “the Skipper” Franklin, pianist Theo Saunders and drummer Ramon Banda will join Williams on stage.
Williams, a Temecula resident who attended high school in San Bernardino, toured with The Young Americans while a teenager and later worked with renowned choral director Roger Wagner at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her professional career has included singing with such famous acts as Debbie Reynolds, Andy Gibb, Johnnie Ray, Bill Cunliffe, Buddy Collette, David Benoit and many others. She launched a solo career in 1976 after performing with Eddie Kendricks and toured Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. In 2003, her second CD, “A Taste of Sherry,” garnered a Grammy nomination and a song from the recording was used on a soundtrack for the feature film “The Core.”
Williams has also acted in film and television and performed in high profile jazz venues and festivals. Between 2010 and 2013 she toured Germany and Italy with Markus Burger and Jim Linahon.
Williams’ Pierce Street Jazz musicians are veterans of the stage and studio and have played with Stevie Wonder, Poncho Sanchez, Hugh Masekela, Count Basie, Gladys Knight, Freddie Hubbard, David “Fathead” Newman, Barbara Morrison, and many others.
La Sierra University is located at 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside. For further information call 951-785-2148.