KEBBI WILLIAMS

Grammy award winning tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams is one of contemporary music’s whirlwind improvisers. The imaginative multi-instrumentalist/ composer/producer/arranger/teacher resists categorization. His innovative sound dives, blends and jumpstarts all music genres. Kebbi bends it to his will with his robust, distinct blasts.  His playing and compositions create a sound that is uniquely and undeniably his own. Avant-garde jazz, hip-hop, Afro-beat, gospel, electronica, classical and fiery rock are all loops that Kebbi interweaves with passion and edge. 

The Atlanta native received both an undergraduate degree and Master's in Jazz Studies from prestigious Howard University. At the age of 22, he won the Jazz Instrumental Soloist Category (college division) award from Downbeat Magazine. Kebbi launched his professional career as a much in demand studio and touring musician.  OutKast, the legendary Donald Byrd, Cee-lo Green, Mos Def, drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, Bilal, Oteil Burbridge, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Russell Gunn, Julie Dexter and iconic Betty Carter are among the elite musicians and vocalists who jumped off Kebbi’s unique horn. He is also an original member and presently touring for the ninth year with the Tedeschi Trucks Band (with whom he won the Grammy in 2012 in the Blues Album category.) 

"Kebbi Williams is a truly unique soul. His ability to step away from the norm and willingness to think outside the box makes him one of the most adventurous and creative saxophonists around. His playing is as free as his spirit and it's inspiring to see him continue to chart his own path.”  Maurice Brown: Trumpeter/Grammy Award winner.

Additionally, he fronts his own Atlanta band, The Wolf Pack. 

“When determining how badass a band truly is, its live show can’t just be good. The sheer physicality of its performance must force patrons to shut up and listen. No Atlanta band pulls off this feat with as much originality and force as The Wolfpack.” 

Kebbi was born into a musical family. His father Earl Williams, an inventive multi-instrumentalist who plays bass, keys, banjo, harmonica, flute, and saxophone taught Kebbi music. The tenor saxophone that Kebbi plays is from Earl. A rarity from the 1920’s era, a CONN M, it’s the only saxophone Kebbi’s played. Earl also taught his brother, Milan Williams (Kebbi’s uncle) how to play music. Milan was an original member of The Commodores and composed their breakout hit “Machine Gun” as well as the pair of epic soul/funk classics, “Brickhouse” and “Easy Like (Sunday Morning)”.  

Family is a unifying theme for Kebbi, shared by his love for Atlanta. In 2010, Williams founded the non-profit organization, Music In The Park (MITP) Atlanta. Their mission: enlighten, educate, and galvanize young performers while inspiring vibrancy in the community through music and the performing arts.  MITP Atlanta has supported nearly 6000 students, engaged over 500 professional musicians, and presented live music to over 80,000 people since its inception nine years ago.  MITP, begun in response to the absence of music education in schools and limited arts programming in his West End neighborhood, is constantly evolving and expanding for the next generation of musicians. 

Kebbi Williams continues to do what he has always done: break down barriers and push the boundaries with both his music and vibrant social consciousness for his hometown and beyond.

Discography---

2019
SIGNS
Tedeschi Trucks Band

2017

The Chief

Jidenna
Sax (Tenor)

2016
Let Me Get By

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Horn Arrangements, Clapping, Sax (Baritone), Saxophone, Vocals (Background)



2014
The Heartbeat
Lil John Roberts

Featured Artist



2012
Made Up Mind

Tedeschi Trucks  Band

Horn Arrangements, Handclapping, Saxophone

The Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe

Flute, Sax (Tenor)

Best Days Yet

Bishop Paul S. Morton

Sax (Tenor)

Live: Everybody's Talkin'

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Saxophone

2011
Revelator

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Horn Arrangements, Saxophone

2010
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Big Boi

Horn

2008
Evolver
John Legend

Sax (Tenor)

Promises Made: The Millennium Promise Jazz Project

Kirk Whalum

Sax (Tenor), Soloist

Storyteller

Heston

Saxophone

2007
Class of 3000, Vol. 1

Saxophone

Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind and Fire

Sax (Tenor)

Perfect Song

PJ Morton

Horn

2006
Coming Home

Lionel Richie

Sax (Tenor)

Once Again

John Legend

Horn

Tennessee Slim Is the Bomb

Joi

Primary Artist

2005
Conscious

Julie Dexter

Sax (Tenor)

2004
Got the Bug

Bugz in the Attic

Saxophone


Transient

|Gaelle

Saxophone

2003
Dexterity

Julie Dexter

Sax (Tenor)

Ethnomusicology, Vol. 3

Russell Gunn
Sax (Tenor),
Electric Saxophone, Soloist

Four Chords and Seven Notes Ago

Jason Crosby

Sax (Tenor), Composer

Morning Light

The Ananda Project

Saxophone

New Sound Theory, Vol. 1

Saxophone

Om Lounge, Vol. 8

Saxophone

Staring at the Sun

P'taah
 Saxophone

The Family Secret

Oteil Burbridge

Sax (Tenor), Soloist

2002
3D

TLC

Horn

Abstract Latin Lounge, Vol. 

Saxophone

Cee Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections

Cee Lo Green

Saxophone, Horn

DJ-Kicks

Vikter Duplaix

Saxophone

Girl Talk

TLC

Horn

Remixes

Seiji

Saxophone

Decompressed

P'taah

Saxophone

2001
Electro Lounge, Vol. 2 [Capitol]

Electro Lounge

Saxophone

Ethnomusicology, Vol. 2

Russell Gunn

Sax (Tenor)

Even in Darkness

Dungeon Family

Horn

MG4R

Mondo Grosso

Saxophone

Speciate Th' Do

Brahvar Large Ensemble

Sax (Tenor)

2000

Stankonia

OutKast

Horn

1999
Compressed Light

P'taah

Saxophone

1998
Love of a Lifetime

Oteil Burbridge

Saxophone