A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, trumpeter Shawn Williams is beginning to make a name for himself among the Bay Area jazz scene. Shawn’s career as a jazz artist and trumpeter covers a wide range of performance experiences, which have led him to become one of the top call musicians in the Bay Area.
Before becoming established in the Bay Area, Shawn honed his skills as a student at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles, CA. At Northridge, Shawn studied with trumpet master Bobby Shew and Howie Shear. Upon graduating in 2009, Shawn continued his studies cross-country at the renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. While studying at Eastman, Shawn discovered himself as a musician studying with the likes of Clay Jenkins, James Thompson, Mike Kuapa and Bill Dobbins.
After graduating with his masters from Eastman, Shawn set sail to Europe and Australia where he performed for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. In July 2012, Williams was chosen to tour with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra playing the 3rd trumpet/jazz chair. For 13 months, Shawn travelled to 47 states, Canada and Japan. In January 2013, the orchestra recorded their latest album, In The Mood, which was released in June 2013.
Having returned to the Bay Area in 2013, Shawn has established his career in both performance and teaching arenas. Shawn maintains a busy schedule teaching at various high schools and private schools in the area in addition to maintaining a studio of private students. Shawn received his second masters degree in teaching from Santa Clara University in June 2016. Shawn continues to excel his performance skills through competitions such as the National Trumpet Competition, where he received third place in both the Spring of 2015 and 2016. You can hear Shawn perform with Bay Area groups such as: Foreverland, Otis, RAFA, The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, The Dick Bright Orchestra and the Shawn Williams Quintet. Shawn is currently on faculty at Chabot College in Hayward, CA where he is currently an assistant professor in jazz trumpet.
This coming Fall 2017 Shawn will be relocating to Greeley, Colorado where he will pursue his Doctorate of Art in Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado.