Williams headlines Smooth Jazz Showcase in Park Forest
By Jessi Virtusio Gig of the Weekfirstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @JessiVirtusio January 29, 2014 3:52PM
T.L. Williams, of Richton Park, will headline the annual Smooth Jazz Showcase on Jan. 31 at Freedom Hall in Park Forest.
SMOOTH JAZZ SHOWCASE
♦ 7-10 p.m. Jan. 31
♦ Freedom Hall,
419 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest
♦ Tickets, $15 in advance or $20 at the door
♦ (708) 207-5225 or (708) 207-8704
♦ This Wil’Da Records event features T.L. Williams and the Storm Chaser Orchestra with Jose Cornier, Yemi Marie and host Cliff Kelley
Updated: March 3, 2014 2:49PM
“Just enjoy the moments of your life. You only got one chance to get it right.”
This is a line from T.L. Williams’ song “Days of Our Lives,” but it’s also how he lives his life.
The song is one of 12 on his debut album, “Life in Your Mid 20’s,” which was released digitally in August and will be out in hard-copy form in stores in March.
“I really set out to do the classic record,” said Williams, who recently turned 25 years old.
“I wanted to take the elements that I grew up around and that I fell in love with musically and really make a great pop record and really just make a record that was original and that was tailored to my experience.”
His experience includes studying with jazz great Wynton Marsalis and playing piano, trumpet, guitar, bass and organ.
Fresh from opening for Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds at the Venue at Horseshoe Hammond in Indiana, Williams will headline Wil’Da Records’ annual Smooth Jazz Showcase on Jan. 31 at Freedom Hall in Park Forest.
Hosted by WVON-AM (1690)’s Cliff Kelley, the show will feature the Storm Chaser Orchestra and performances by Latin guitarist Jose Cornier and songstress Yemi Marie, a South Holland native.
“It’s pretty much going to be a beautiful show,” Williams, of Richton Park, said.
“Those who are T.L. Williams fans are going to have a great show showing the growth from the last time I was at the venue a couple of years ago. Folks that are new to the experience, it’s going to be an opportunity to be part of the movement, the T.L. Williams experience.”
Williams has been busy with Storm Chaser Entertainment, a production company he established about a year ago with his father, Jerry, and Musicquest’s Gus Redmond.
“It’s finally given everything an identifiable home for all the projects that I put out,” he said.
Williams’ work includes executive producing hip-hop artist Rhymefest’s third album, “Violence is Sexy,” slated for a summer release.
“That’s been great, being able to work with him and help him craft that highly anticipated album,” Williams (whoistlwilliams.com) said. “We’re really trying to make a masterpiece there.”
He’s also helping to shape the musicians of tomorrow as studio recording coordinator with Donda’s House Inc., a youth arts program named after the mother of hip-hop artist Kanye West.
“It’s been a dream of mine to be able to do that teaching aspect of it,” Williams said.
“Having the chance to do that has been a blessing.”