Doug Stone’s career has involved work as a touring musician, primarily with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and his band, the Big Bop Nouveau, as well as with the “world-jazz” group Panoramic, and with a number of ensembles from Chicago, Illinois. His time on the road has taken him to virtually every corner of the United States as well as Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and Canada. As a member of groups at Northern Illinois University Stone had the opportunity to perform with Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Rufus Reid, Larry Ridley, and Carl Allen. As a member of the Birch Creek Academy Band he has performed with jazz luminaries Dennis Mackrel, Harold Jones, Derrick Gardner, Tanya Darby, Clay Jenkins, and Reggie Thomas. He spent six years working full-time as a freelance saxophonist and woodwind player, teacher, composer, and arranger in the rich musical environment of Chicago.
Mr. Stone can be heard on recordings from the Sam Craine Quartet, the Dave Hoffman Sextet, the NIU Jazz Ensemble and Jazztet, the Jazz Arranging Syndicate, Scantily Clad, Birch Creek Academy Big Band, the Ed Breazeale Group, the Ji Young Lee Quartet, the Stuart Mindeman Group, the Ian Torres Big Band, the John Burnett Orchestra, Panoramic, Quintopus, the Rick Holland Little Big Band, the Rich Thompson Quartet and Trio, and the Westview Project. Stone has three recordings to his credit as a co-bandleader: Stone/Ziemba Duo “In The Zone”, Nick Fryer/Doug Stone “Quartet”, and The Stone/Bratt Big Band “SBBB”.
Stone is also a published arranger and composer (Kendor Music). His compositions and arrangements have been performed by professional, university, and high school level jazz ensembles throughout the United States.
In 2009 Mr. Stone moved to Rochester, New York to pursue a double master’s degree in jazz performance and music education at the Eastman School of Music. He currently lives and performs in Rochester, NY with the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Westview Project, the Gap Mangione Big Band, Quintopus, the John Nyerges Duo and Quartet, Jeff Campbell, Rich Thompson, and other talented local jazz artists.
Mr. Stone is the director of jazz ensembles at the Rochester School of the Arts (SOTA) in Rochester, New York. He directs the Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Band, the Middle School Jazz Band, and several chamber jazz groups. Mr. Stone teaches private saxophone lessons and leads the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Eastman Community Music School.
In the summers Mr. Stone teaches at the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies Program, and has previously served as co-director of the Eastman at Keuka College Jazz Camp, and served as assistant to the director at the Birch Creek Jazz Camp.
Mr. Stone has held teaching positions at The State University of New York at Brockport, the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts in DeKalb, IL, and he worked as private saxophone, jazz, and small group instructor at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, IL. He has taught private woodwind and jazz improvisation lessons at numerous high schools and middle schools throughout northern Illinois.
Josiah Williams can be defined as a lyrically expressive, adult-kid who leaves it all on the stage, and allows his faith to be the center of his artistry! As a performing and creative artist, Josiah utilizes his God-given gifts as an actor, an emcee, a percussionist, a photographer & videographer, public speaker, digital editor, and he leads with his work as a musician.
Williams’ music is reflective, fresh, and engages in truthful storytelling; his recording style is backed by a high-energy, dynamic, crowd-engaging mode of performance! “It’s not just about speaking into a microphone, or just performing my material,” Williams says. “My background is in Theatre Performance, so my goal is always to give the attending audience an unforgettable, inspiring experience through lyrical storytelling.”
When listening to a Josiah Williams track, you’ll get a blended earful of Hip-Hop, Rhythmic Soul and Christian Rap. In crafting his work, he always aims to make universal music—songs that are appropriate for all ages, songs for all walks of life, and songs that take the listener on a journey. “I make music for my homies, and everybody is a homie.”
Josiah Williams has been blessed to share performance opportunities with some of his favorite homies: FLAME & Mike Real, Chance the Rapper, Josh Wilson, The Cool Kids, Vic Mensa, Kids These Days, Saba, Klassik, Kat Deluna, AGAPE and many more.
Williams gives credit to other multi-talented artists & performers for proving that a versatile skill set can expand one’s career: “I admire Jamie Foxx for all that he does in the entertainment industry. I look up to Trip Lee for preaching the Gospel in every possible way. People like Bruno Mars, Don Cheadle, Janelle Monae, Donald Glover, [Justin] Timberlake, Chance [the Rapper], Andy Mineo, HBK [Shawn Michaels], The Rock, Y2J [Chris Jericho], Jordan Fisher, the list goes on!”
The typical road to success is not the path that Josiah Williams has chosen. “Of course, I’m looking to grow, to get better as an artist and communicator, but I’m not seeking fame,” Williams says. “My goal is to glorify my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with my work. My goal is to inspire others, to serve others, and ultimately, to be an unforgettable entertainer.”