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The award-winning and critically acclaimed Williamson began his professional career in writing in 1988. As a freelance writer, Williamson has been featured in the Worcester Telegram, Worcester Monthly, North Shore Living, Artscope and Blues Wire. Before taking the job as A&E Editor at Worcester Magazine in 1998, he had been a regular contributor to that publication since 1993. Over the years he has written about everything from art and entertainment to sports and politics. He lists Sonny Rollins, B.B. King, Laura Nyro and Waylon Jennings among his favorite interviews.

Williamson is also the author of The Jazz Worcester Real Book, that features bios, profiles and compositions of 100 local musicians such as Jaki Byard, Barbara Carroll, Don Fagerquist, Steve Davis and Tony Zano. Released by Worcester Publishing Ltd., it is available through our Website:

Reflecting his ability to play a wide variety of musical styles, Williamson is also a working musician who has shared stages with many of the world's most popular and finest musicians, including Sleepy LaBeef, Alan Dawson and Joan Osborne. His jazz credits include gigs with Rich Greenblatt, Jack Pezanelli, Dick Odgren and Emil Haddad.

Williamson's chromatic harmonica styling can be heard on She's Busy's Strange Bedfellows, Valerie and Walter Crockett's Moonbone and Emily's Angel, Mike Duffy's Destined to be a Rumor, and the Movie Channel's station ID, "Try a Little TMC."

His own CD release, Chromatic Swing, features jump blues and standards from the Swing era. In his review of the album, Scott McLennan from the Worcester Telegram said, "Chromatic Swing is Williamson's voice coming through loud and clear. The disc is a cooking session of Swing era gems associated with the likes of Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Harry 'Sweets' Edison. It's a likable fusion of jazz and blues traditions made possible by a cast of strong and colorful players."