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is a classically trained Clarinet player who also plays Saxophone, Flute, Oboe and Bassoon. He was educated in the Philadelphia School system and attended the acclaimed Overbrook High School's Music Magnet program under the direction of Dr. George Allen. His formal training includes the Settlement School of Music under the direction of Guido Mechaly, Berklle Collage of Music in Boston, Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and Howard University's College of Fine Arts. John was a member of the United States Army Band for several years. He performed throughout the United States and abroad with various renowned artist such as Phillis Dillar, Stephanie Mills and Marvin Sapp just to name a few. Sax Williams recently premiered his debut single release, FRIDAY MORNING, a R&B / Smooth Jazz instrumental in the United Kingdom. His upcoming CD: HEART FELT, includes the FRIDAY MORNING single and others which are being co-produced by the Grammy nominated producer Herb Middleton and the three time Emmy Award winning producer, Bill Jolly. John attributes his musical influences to the sounds of Benny Golson, Benny Goodman, John Coltrane, Grover Washington Jr. and George Howard.



John ‘Sax’ Williams Inspires Next-Generation Woodwind Players With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones June 2014.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Woodwind specialist John “Sax” Williams devotes his life and career to being a professional recording artist, performer, and educator. Whether it’s in the studio, on stage or during instructional sessions with students, Williams uses HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 and C519L microphones as his tools of choice.
With experience touring in the United States Army Band, Williams has performed for multiple presidential administrations such as that of George H.W. Bush,, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. Currently, when he’s not focused on live and production work with renowned artists such as Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z, he passes his love and passion for music onto others through one-on-one instruction.

Williams’ AKG microphones allow him to project his sound during shows and recordings as best as possible. “AKG produces high-quality, world-class microphone systems, which make all the difference for me,” said Williams. “The WMS4500 and the C519L are awesome products that I constantly use for my live performances and recordings. The sound is sincere and warm, and I can tell that it is the result of long hours of refinement, where the development of the product was clearly thought out.”

A classically trained clarinet player, Williams has a deep understanding of the delicate sound elements on the stage and in the studio. But besides accuracy in sound, it is important to have reliable equipment, and the AKG microphones give Williams peace of mind when touring and teaching.

“These microphones are extremely durable and last forever,” said Williams. “I’m also impressed by how HARMAN as a company always comes through with technical support, regardless of what time I need it. It’s been amazing every time, receiving honest and reliable support even when traveling on the road.”

Sound engineer of Audio Wave Sound Rob Gordon, a frequent collaborator with Williams and also a proud AKG customer, added: “I’ve recommended AKG microphones to others for a long time, considering their amazing front-end projection and warmth of sound,” said Gordon. “The C1000, C414 microphones sound great and are the perfect choices for top-level musicians such as John.”

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PW (Philadelphia Weekly) June 6-12, 2012

SCOOP USA, Friday, June 22, 2012