Musica Viva to Feature the Bradley Williams Jazz Trio on Sunday, Jan. 26

The Bradley Williams Jazz Trio will perform at Joliet Junior College’s first Musica Viva concert of the year on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus, located at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The public is invited and admission is free.

The Bradley Williams Jazz Trio musicians are pianist Bradley Williams, bassist Eric Hochberg, and drummer Jim Widlowski. They will perform works from their album, “3.”

The 2013-2014 Musica Viva season is dedicated to the memory of Musica Viva’s creator, Dr. Thomas Liley, a long time JJC professor, who passed away unexpectedly in 2013. Musica Viva is sponsored by a JJC Foundation Awards for Excellence grant. For more information about Musica Viva, visit


About the Bradley Williams Jazz Trio

Bradley Williams, a pianist and arranger with Woody Herman’s “Thundering Herd” in the mid-80’s, then served as musical director at Chicago’s legendary Gold Star Sardine Bar. His 1994 Trio recording, “The Next Sound You Hear” garnered critical acclaim. In 1995 Williams founded his unique group The Original 21st Century Review. In 2011 he released the CD, “Sojourn,” with original works performed by his trio with a string quartet and vocalist Jade Maze.

Eric Hochberg, bass, crosses the realms of jazz, folk, rock and blues. He has toured with the Lyle Mays Quartet, the Terry Callier Group, the Paul Wertico Trio, and the Kurt Elling Quartet, among others. His compositions graced records such Kurt Elling’s “Close Your Eyes” and “The Messenger,” and Hochberg and Potter’s “World Thing.”

Jim Widlowski, drums, brings his intuitive imagination to an array of musical situations. His talents have graced many Chicago theater productions (Wicked, Lion King, Rent, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins) and orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony and the Ravinia Festival. In the jazz world, he’s worked with the Ed Petersen Quintet, Bradley Williams’ 21st Century Review, Fareed Haque and on Kurt Elling’s Grammy nominated “The Messenger.”

For more information on the Bradley Williams Trio, visit

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