Tony Williams

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Date of Birth December 12, 1945
Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death Feb 23, 1997 (51)
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Tony Williams (drummer)

Anthony Tillmon Williams was an American jazz drummer. Williams first gained fame in the band of trumpeter Miles Davis and pioneered jazz fusion. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1986.

Birth name: Anthony Tillmon Williams
Born: December 12, 1945, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Origin: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: February 23, 1997, Daly City, California, U.S.
Genres: Jazz, post-bop, jazz fusion
Occupation(s): Musician, composer, producer, bandleader
Instruments: Drums
Years active: 1961–1997
Associated acts: Miles Davis, The Tony Williams Lifetime, Sam Rivers, Jackie McLean, Alan Dawson, V.S.O.P, Public Image Ltd.

About Tony Williams

Jazz and soul drummer who is considered the a jazz fusion pioneer. It is thought that he invented the drumming technique called blast beat.

Before Fame

He joined the Second Great Quintet with Miles Davis when he was only seventeen years old.


He was in the band Public Image Ltd. with former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon.

Family Life

He was born in Chicago, but moved with his family to Boston at a young age.


He started playing music professionally with Sam Rivers.

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