William Anderson

  • William Anderson
  • Instruments: Alto Sax

  • Biography:

    Saxophones, Clarinets, Flute


         A ”virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times) and “Remarkable”(Wall Street Journal) Will Anderson is one  of  the  most extraordinary jazz performers today.  He “plays  with  a  passion, unpredictability, and sense of discovery” (All  About Jazz).   Mr. Anderson was first influenced by Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington, and as young as 13, toured the U.K., playing traditional jazz and swing music.  Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Will was mentored by saxophonist, Texas-native Paul Carr, before attending Juilliard in New York City, where he currently resides.

                    Will Anderson’s expertise has made him a saxophonist of choice for Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon.  Co-leading the "Peter and Will Anderson" ensemble, Mr. Anderson has performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Iridium, Symphony Space, Blues Alley, East Coast Jazz Fest, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Fest, New Jersey Jazz Society, Pennsylvania Jazz Society, 54 Below, Highlights in Jazz, Buck-Hill Skytop Music Fest, Treetops Music Fest, Central Illinois Jazz Fest, Jacob Burns Film Center, Louis Armstrong House, Bickford Museum Theater, Stony Brook and Michigan State Universities.            

                   Peter and Will have produced and performed in three highly-acclaimed off-broadway jazz show runs at 59E59 Theaters in 2010-2013, honoring "Artie Shaw's Centennial," "The Fabulous Dorseys," and "How the French Saved Jazz."  These shows broke attendance and sales box office records at 59E59.  Peter and Will are featured in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and on the Grammy-winning soundtrack with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, with whom they frequently perform.  The Andersons can be heard most Thursday nights, 9-11pm at 59E59 Theater’s E:Bar in Manhattan.  Their debut recording from 2013, Correspondence (Smalls Records), features Kenny Barron and Kenny Washington. Most Recently, the Anderson’s released The Music of the Soprano Masters (Gut String Records) featuring the legendary saxophonist Bob Wilber.