Odies H. Williams III, M.D., a native of Gary, Indiana, is a graduate of Howard University College Of Medicine. For more than 30 years, he has been a Family Practice physician in northwest Indiana. He has also been active as a musician, playing trumpet professionally in the areas of classical and jazz. A highlight for him was performing “The Trumpet Shall Sound” from Handel’s Messiah with the internationally known baritone, William Warfield. He, however, has been even more active in the area of jazz, having recorded with Cecil Payne (Cerupa), Jodie Christian (Soul Fountain), Ed Petersen (The Haint), Henry Johnson (Future Excursions), Burgess Gardner Big Band (Cabbage Juice), Valparaiso University Jazz Ensemble (For The Moment), and Billy Foster (Portrait). Dr. Williams also recorded with Robert Day’s Hoosier Blues, performing with that group at the Park Tower Blues Festival in Tokyo, Japan. He has also performed with many other top jazz musicians, including Sonny Stitt, Don Patterson, Slide Hampton, Eddie Henderson, Art Hoyle and as a member of the trumpet section of the Burgess Gardner Big Band, backing up several leading performers, including Clark Terry, Houston Person, Ernie Andrews, Frank Wes, Monty Alexander, Freddy Cole, Barbara Morrison and Everett Greene. Also to his credit are performances at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, and recently Chicago’s African Festival of the Arts with his quintet and as a member of the Jimmy Heath Big Band.
ART HOYLE (World Class Trumpet Player)
“Once upon a time an award winning high school trumpeter came by my home to discuss jazz trumpet playing. I loaned him two method books and several recordings by some of my favorite jazz trumpet masters. This young man went on to Purdue University and Howard University, not to study music, but to study pre-med and medicine.
While retaining a keen interest in playing the trumpet, he developed friendships with jazz masters Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, and others.
Having grown up in a great doctor’s home I am quite ‘persnickety.’ After years of dedication and perseverance, in two of the most demanding and difficult art forms, jazz and medicine, this young man has become Odies H. Williams, III M.D., my family doctor and one of my favorite Trumpet Masters
EDDIE HENDERSON (Jazz Trumpeter - Extraordinaire)
“Odies Williams is straight from my own heart. He’s killin’! I first heard Odies a few years back, and I was highly impressed by his virtuosity and creativity. I’m sure much will be heard from Odies in the near future. He’s a wonderful musical talent.”
JIMMY HEATH (Legendary saxophone player, writer, arranger)
“Odies is one of our unsung heroes. He is able to express life’s experiences musically. This is what all true Jazz Artists try to achieve. When you hear him you will get the message as I did.” –