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A Musical Life: Nathan Williams


Nathan Williams leads the Nathan Williams Quintet in addition to his involvement in a variety of other musical projects. He lives in Wichita.

“What is it that I enjoy about trumpet? I don’t, actually. It’s not something I’m a fan of, so that’s why I choose to express myself in different outlets. Trumpet, to me, is just a tool. It’s a way to get the voice outside.

Whenever I perform and somebody asks me, ‘Yo, how did you think you did? How was it?’ I’m, like, ‘I don’t remember.’ It was. That’s how I treat music, this thing that I naturally do. So, when with a question like that it’s usually, ‘What?’

Music starts for me, I guess, always on the inside. Music is a place that I can go, so music is almost a way of existing.”

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.