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Jazz For All Occasions / 2008 / November / 20

Dalt Williams, acoustic bass, leader, composer/arranger

Dalt Williams, JFAO leader, bass, composer/arranger

Dalt Williams, JFAO leader, bass, composer/arranger

Dalt was born and raised in Vallejo, CA where his music education began (trumpet and tuba). After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a bandsman where he became interested in the acoustic bass. He first studied bass with Jack Weeks (Cal Tjader and Dave Brubeck). While serving in Korea with the U.S. 8th Army Band he performed with drummer Ed Thigpen (Oscar Peterson Trio), guitarist Rod Lewis (Anita O’Day), and pianist Dave Hildinger.

Dalt is a graduate of San Francisco State University where he studied bass with Charles Siani (San Francisco Symphony) and earned a degree in Music Education. While in San Francisco he performed with Vince Guaraldi, Dave Van Kriedt, Eddie Peabody, Calvin Keys, the Rudy Salvini Big Band, the Al Trobbe Trio, and as a sideman with numerous other groups.

During his 35 year teaching career Dalt started the music program at Travis AFB (Vanden High School) and later moved to Benicia High School. At Benicia he developed an award winning program in Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, and Vocal Jazz. In 1994 he was voted Benicia’s Teacher of the Year. In 1995 he was awarded the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the CMEA Bay Section. Dalt is a member of the International Jazz Educators Association, American Federation of Musicians, California Music Educators Association, and the Northern California Band Association.