Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. Originally from Camden, New Jersey, he grew up in a musical family. His father, a musician, gave him his first exposure to jazz at an early age. His first professional gig came in junior high, and he was playing with Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons while still in high school. He later attended Combs College of Music in Philadelphia.
A noted vocal accompanist, Williams toured with Dakota Staton, Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson throughout the sixties. In 1967, he worked with the Miles Davis Quintet for several months while based on the west coast.
In 1968, Williams moved to New York and eventually became part of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi sextet, playing on albums including 1969’s The Prisoner and 1973’s Sextant. His debut as leader came in 1975 with the album Pinnacle for Muse Records. Since then, he has released fourteen albums as leader and has played on countless others as sideman. Throughout the eighties and nineties, he continued to tour with Herbie Hancock and was nominated for a Grammy for his work with Hank Jones and Tony Williams on the album Love For Sale. Williams formed his own music school in 2012 and recently toured Europe with Billy Drummond.