Ben Williams is one of the youngest and brightest musicians on the scene today who is helping to push the legacy of jazz forward through the reflection of his own distinct sound and flavor of hip hop, gospel, and rhythm & blues. He is highly recognized as a national and international acclaimed bassist, bandleader, performer, music educator, and composer having performed with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Chaka Kahn, Dee Bridgewater, Terrence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, Stefon Harris and an endless list of others. Williams became a “Rising Star” when he won the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz BassCompetition Award, and was named the 2011 Itunes Breakthrough Artist of the Year in the category of jazz. He won his first Grammy Award with the Pat Metheny Unity Band for Best Jazz Instrumental Album of 2012. His first two albums, State of Art and Coming of Age, both reached #1 on the iTunes charts.