© 2018 by JOE WILLIAMSON

BIOGRAPHY

Having been awarded the title of Young Scottish Jazz Musician Of The Year in June 2018, Joe has been hailed as ''a crucial contributor to the bands that define the Scottish jazz scene’s current strength'' (The Herald).

Joe leads the 5-piece 'Animal Society', recently described in Jazzwise magazine as a ‘Hard-riffing band looking set to catch the wave of progressive jazz acts on the rise’. Imagine if Pat Metheny joined Rage Against The Machine, and you're in the right ballpark! Animal Society finished 2019 with a UK tour and gig at London Jazz Festival. They go back on tour in March 2020 and will be releasing new music in February.
 

Joe is the leader of award-winning quartet Square One, known for their free-spirited original music and energised live performances, winners of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in 2015. In 2018, Square One released their second album 'Double Bind' in collaboration with US saxophone veteran Andy Middleton.

Joe also performs in Graham Costello’s STRATA, named as 'One To Watch in 2019' by Jazzwise magazine. Blending stylistic elements of jazz, minimalism, and celebrated progressive/noise bands together with a strong DIY ethic, STRATA wins over audiences with towering dynamics and raw, genuine enthusiasm. The music explores polyrhythm, collective groove and, at its true core, improvisation. Their debut album "OBELISK" was released in 2019, and the band go into the studio in 2020 for their second album, with Gearbox Records.

Other highlights of Joe's career so far include performances with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra alongside Kurt Elling and Tommy Smith, performing with upcoming jazz singer-songwriter Georgia Cecile, performing and recording with vocalist & arranger Seonaid Aitken and the Clockwork String Orchestra, and being commissioned by the Glasgow Jazz Festival in 2016 to write a new piece celebrating the festival's 30th anniversary.

Hailing from the North East of England, Joe is now resident in Glasgow, where he graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with first-class honours. A versatile musician, Joe is well-versed in the jazz tradition, but in his own music draws from a much wider pool of influences - folk music, the great blues and rock guitarists, and progressive rock.