Jazz It Up at the Marina on Sunday – Times-Herald

 Jazz It Up at the Marina on Sunday – Times-Herald


With nearly seven decades of musical experience under his belt, Vallejo native Dalt Williams is a virtual walking encyclopedia of notes, tunes and melodies. These are the talents the longtime educator will bring to a special free jazz show at the Marina Green in Suisun City on Sunday afternoon.

Williams started out playing trumpet and tuba in his junior high band, and then picked up the upright bass while serving in the Army in Korea.

“That really worked out well because I was in the general’s band, the Eighth Army Band,” says Williams. “We’d play for troops and then have the Korean girls coming in on Friday or Saturday nights to dance with the guys.”

After returning to the states, Williams went first to Vallejo College, and then San Francisco State University. It was a time during which he played with many different local musicians and groups, including “Peanuts” soundtrack icon Vince Guaraldi, who went on to write some of the most recognizable pieces of jazz-inspired music in popular culture.

Williams laughs that he played with Guaraldi “before he was successful. He was a nice guy, and it was fun working with him.”

Eventually, Williams came back home to Solano County, worked with the high school band at Travis Air Force Base for a time, and took over as band and choir director at Benicia High School, where he taught for 26 years, and received the Teacher of the Year award in 1994.

Since retiring from teaching, Williams focuses on performing with his jazz combo, Jazz For All Occasions, who are playing a free show in Suisun City on Sunday,

“We’ve done this in the past and most folks bring a picnic and their lawn chairs,” said Williams. “And enjoy the music.”

If You Go: 3 p.m., Sunday, July 31, Suisun Marina Green, Suisun City. Free. For more information, visit jazzforalloccasions.com.



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