Trefor Williams, bass
Trefor Williams joined the Big Chris Barber Band in mid February
Trefor Williams, sometimes known
as “Fingers”, is recognised as an accomplished double bassist, and is
always in demand on the British and European jazz circuit.
He is equally “at home”
providing powerful, driving traditional New Orleans slap-style accompaniments or
swinging, sensitive, plucked and bowed backings, and his solo work
always adds “icing” to the musical “cake” of many diverse ensembles.
Originally an Essex lad, Trefor
studied double bass with one of London’s top session musicians and,
subsequently, has worked with many top-line artists, from “Kid”Thomas
“Wild”Bill Davison and Sammy Rimington to the “Midnite Follies
Orchestra”, the “Inkspots” and Eartha Kitt.
Trefor, as well as being a
founder member of “Phil Mason’s New Orleans Allstars” from 1992, worked for
more than twenty-one years with the “Max Collie Rhythm Aces”. Since
1972, He has toured all over Europe, Scandinavia, the U.S.A., Canada,
Japan, the cities and outback of Australia and even the jungles of
He has a deep love and
understanding of his instrument and his music, and he continues to
supply a firm foundation and a joyous sound to recordings, radio and
T.V. broadcasts, concerts, festivals, church services, cabarets and
In his own words
“I fell in love with the bass at the age of three.
the early 50’s, my parents used to take me
to visit my
My Grandfather had a beautiful polished wood
he would play records from his
collection of orchestral music,
that excited me, and later, when
I had my own record-player, I would always have the tone controls on
It was inevitable that I would eventually get my hands
on a bass, after hearing the muses of Charles Mingus and Richard Davis.
formally for 3 years, dabbled in contemporary jazz for a while, and then
got back to the “roots”. There’s all these fast cars zooming down the
motorways, then there’s older, slower but more individual vehicles going
in the opposite direction. People notice them and smile. I’ve been
plucking, bowing, slapping and swinging my way through the traditional
jazz scene ever since.
I sometimes get the
opportunity to break loose in solos, but the role
and create a springboard for the
“frontline” guys, and the ensemble.
about big ears, honesty and passion. You grab things from
what you’ve heard and scramble
them in your subconscious, and, if you play enough, you end up sounding
like yourself. You have to learn to trust your instincts, jump off the
cliff, and hopefully fly!”
“I continue to gain strength, direction and purpose from my deep
Christian faith, my wonderful wife, Kate, and the fellowship and
constant challenges I get from all the fine musicians I have the
pleasure to work with.
It’s all about entertaining
people and projecting fun, but also engaging people’s imagination and
developing a thing of beauty and energy. It’s like a process unfolding,
rather than a finished product
Onwards and upwards!”
I hope my music uplifts you.
God bless you.
Music: Trefor has not yet recorded with the Big
Chris Barber Band (March 2010). Trefor left the Big Chris Barber
Band in July 2010