Born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Jeff Williams began his professional jazz drumming career in New York in the early 70s. Williams began playing with Stan Getz, followed by Dave Liebman and Lookout Farm. His other associations include Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, Bill McHenry, Ethan Iverson, Tony Malaby, Leo Genovese and a host of others.
Since making a second home in London some years ago, Williams has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Martin Speake, Nikki Illes, Olie Brice and more, in addition to leading his own bands, whose members have included Phil Robson, Kit Downes, Finn Peters, Josh Arcoleo, Sam Lasserson, John O'Gallagher, Duane Eubanks and John Hébert. Jeff has recorded five albums for Whirlwind Recordings showcasing his original compositions, including his 2019 album, Bloom, featuring Carmen Staaf on piano and Michael Formanek on bass. Having benefitted from much experience, and extensive study with the great Alan Dawson, Williams has given jazz drumming instruction at a number of universities and currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London.