Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet
While leading his band in Philadelphia he was discovered by alto saxophonist Bobby Watson. Encouraged to take on New York City, he jumped at chance. He began to perform with Art Blakey, Jackie Byard, Sam Rivers, Young Lions etc.
His big break came with ” Taylor’s Wailers ” a Quintet formed by the late drummer Arthur Taylor. During that time he also worked around New York City and toured with Clifford Jordan’s Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and a host of others, including a long and fruitful collaboration with T.S. Monk. His most recent sideman endeavor as musical director with the Mighty Pirate Orchestra, lead by Papo Vazquez, a brilliant Puerto Rican, Philly born trombonist composer and arranger, features him prominently on disc and in live solo context.
Willie currently works and records with his own ensembles. After recording 5 critically acclaimed discs as a leader, he has made his mark as an award winning performer, composer ,arranger and teacher.