Third Thursday Jazz feat. Oscar Williams II
Park Theater : 14 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
On the Third Thursday of each month, join Matt Niedbalski and a rotating cast of talented, regional jazz musicians.
Oscar Williams II, piano
Oscar Lee Williams II was born in Ruleville, Mississippi and grew up predominantly in Kansas City, Missouri. While in Kansas City, Oscar began to develop his style informed by the important aspects of old gospel, blues, and funk. Oscar applies all of these influences in his conception of the jazz style. Some great artists he has the fortune to perform with include: Bobby Watson, Curtis Lundy, Joe Chambers, Jeff Watts, Bill Goodwin, Bob Durough, Marion Cowings, and Vincent Herring, through which has he gained the attention of and currently is a member of two groups, Gene Perla’s-“The Gene Machine”, and the Wallace Roney Quintet. In 2012, he began a rare apprenticeship with the, now late, pianist Mulgrew Miller. Though his time with the legendary pianist was brief, the effects of the relationship are bound to be everlasting. When asked to reflect on his experiences, Oscar graciously relays, “The journey has hardly begun”.
Matt Niedbalski, drums
Matt Niedbalski is a drummer known for bringing musicality and energy to the bandstand. Born and raised in New York’s Capital District, Matt was exposed to music at a very early age. While in high school he took private drum lessons with drummer/author Ted Mackenzie and participated in the Empire State Youth Orchestra as well as the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute. Before graduating high school Matt played with many local musicians, performing at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the Final Stretch Music Festival and the Lake George Jazz Festival where he opened for Rudresh Manthappa and Bunky Green.