media launch: DARK STAR ART BAR AND BLUESTEM JAZZ PRESENTS: A night with Mars Williams
Mars Williams is an American jazz and rock saxophonist. Uncovered to huge band and dixieland jazz by his trumpet-playing father, Williams performed classical clarinet for ten years, then migrated to saxophone in his final 12 months of highschool, citing the affect of Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker. He attended De Paul College and later the Affiliation for the Development of Artistic Musicians the place he studied beneath founders Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell. In 2004 he was chosen by the Moers Competition as their featured artist.
Williams is a musician, orchestrator, and arranger who has performed with The Waitresses and The Psychedelic Furs. He was solely to tour with The Furs in Australia for a month in 1983 as then sax-player Gary Windo was unable to make the journey. After a profitable tour with The Furs and the breakup of the Waitresses, he was requested to remain on as a everlasting member of The Psychedelic Furs, which he did till 1989 and later rejoined in 2005. He has additionally carried out with Billy Idol, the Energy Station, Billy Squier, Bloodbath, Ministry, and Die Warzau and the Ike Reilly Assassination.
He has toured and recorded with the Peter Brötzmann Tentet, the Vandermark 5, Cinghiale, Our Daughter’s Wedding ceremony, and Mark Freeland’s Electroman, and is the bandleader of a number of spin-off jazz teams: Grammy Award nominated, acid jazz pioneer Liquid Soul, Hal Russell’s NRG Ensemble, Witches & Devils, Slam, and XmarsX. He’s energetic within the Chicago improvisational jazz underground scene each individually and as a member of the quartet Extraordinary Standard Delusions.