Born in Detroit, Mi.
Live in New York, NY
Pianist, Keyboardist, Composer, Multimedia Composer and Programmer. Performed/Recorded with Cassandra Wilson, David Murray, Dewey Redman, James Newton, James Carter, Olu Dara, Lester Bowie, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, David Gilmore, Sam Rivers, James Spaulding, Henry Threadgill, Lawrence D, "Butch Morris, Warren Smith, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Eddie Harris, Julius Hemphill, Wadada Leo Smith, Billy Bang, Graham Haynes, Oliver Lake, Marty Ehrlich, Billy Hart, Billy Higgins, Bob Steward, Warren Smith, Eli Fountain, Vincent Henry, Fred Hopkins Steve McCall,Mark Helias, Lonnie Plaxico, William Parker, Kevin "Bruce" Harris, Mark Johnson, Tani Tabaal, Jaribu Shahid, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Phil Ranelin, Faruq Z. Bey, Ronnie Burrage, Nasheet Waits, Mark Johnson, Mor Thiam, Rikiya Higashihara,Mine Kosuke, Yashihiro Yoshigaki, Hiroaki Mizutani, Yasuo Sano, Akira Sotoyama, Shinji Takagi, Osamu Koichi, Yuichi Togashiki,Tetsuya Hayakawa,Tomohiro Yahiro, Kazutoki Umezu, Ryojiro Furusawa, Nao Takeuchi, Kazuko Shiraishi, Donna "Tulivu" Cumberbatch, Dianne McIntyre's Dance in Motion, Deidre Murray, Opera and Theater Director Diane Paulus, Director Onur Karaoglu, Amit Kavthekar, Tablas, Indian Classical Dancer Aditi Bhagwat,etc.

Tours in Europe, Japan, China, Australia, South America,...

"....a talented young pianist...worked out an unusually lean and efficient, blues based style."

Gary Giddins, Village Voice

"Rod Williams is one of the many musicians in New York who toil in the background, but shouldn't. He is an empathetic accompanist, stabbing away a chords when needed, adding lush solos on cue. Mr Williams has an easy sort of virtuosity. Mr. Williams, who deserves to be heard in his own context more often".

Peter Watrous/ New York Times

"An old running buddy of Cassandra Wilson, the very clever pianist looked like he was going to break through a few years ago. Never did. That doesn't mean his skills aren't sizable or his imagination's lacking. He's a thinker with a sensitive touch".

Jim Macnie/ Village Voice

"Williams can produce rich melodic improvisation on asymmetric thematic materials full of sudden shift in tempo and mood, extended structures, and tangy idiomatic mixture, and make them swing".

Bill Shoemaker/JazzTimes



Education:
B.A. Electro/Acoustic Music, CUNY Interdisplinary Studies Program/Brooklyn College

M.F.A Performance Interactive Media Arts, Brooklyn College