Thomas Williams is a Toronto-based bassist and composer. Born in 1994 just outside of
Toronto, Thomas studied piano and music at an early age but it never fully absorbed him until he got
involved in the music program at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School in Whitby, ON. Being exposed
to a whole new world called jazz by his teacher, the saxophonist Amy Peck, really inspired him and it
just exploded from there.
The internet and YouTube would envelop him after school, looking up names
and who they played with, which led to looking at the sideman's ensembles. After this, an opportunity
came up for him to attend IMC's Jazz Camp, directed and taught by some of Canada's premier jazz
musicians; Ted Quinlan, Mike Murley, Kevin Turcotte, David Braid, Jim Vivian, just to name a few.
Attending this camp for the first year was a whole new experience and really broadened Thomas'
After meeting and talking to these musicians, it really became clear that having a career as a
creative musician is a possibility. This is where his excitement for composing came in. Influenced by so
many sounds by the artists he was interested in, the attachment to creating his own quickly advanced.
From there, Thomas' passion for jazz and music as a whole, grew.
After developing as a musician throughout high school, the time came to take it to the next level and pursue post-secondary studies and learn on a new level. Still currently working towards his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Specialized
Honours in Music at York University, Thomas has gotten the chance to learn from more of Canada's
best musicians. Learning composition and arranging with Barry Elmes, improvisation from Casey
Sokol and Matt Brubeck, privately with Artie Roth, and was involved in ensembles led by Mark
Eisenman, Frank Falco and Anthony Michelli.
Currently, Thomas can be seen playing in many different ensembles all over the city. Mainly, in
the Conor Hall trio, an experimental jazz trio with influences ranging from legendary hip-hop producer
J Dilla, to modern avant-garde jazz trio The Bad Plus. As part of an ensemble or leading his own,
Thomas Williams is a flexible and understanding bassist; definitely one to look out for in the future.