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For Jazz Appreciation Month, Meet (and Hear) the Blake Opper New School Jazz Quartet

The Blake Opper New School Jazz Quartet
The Blake Opper New School Jazz Quartet: (l-r) Will Brown, Blake Opper, Alon Benjamini and Stephen Williams.

The School of Jazz at The New School in New York City is known for nurturing young and gifted improvisers. Such is the case with The Blake Opper New School Jazz Quartet, which sports an unusual configuration: two saxophonists, a bassist, and a drummer. The musicians, all in their junior year at The New School, performed four original compositions by saxophonist Blake Opper.

Band members:

  • Blake Opper, Houston, TX: saxophone
  • Will Brown, Bozeman, MT: saxophone
  • Alon Benjamini, Tel Aviv, Israel: drums
  • Stephen Williams, Dallas, TX: bass

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Williams brings a rich and extensive background in media to WBGO with a reputation as a creative, people-centric, and data-driven leader. He has held key leadership roles at top media organizations across a diverse range of markets including Cincinnati, Detroit, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, New York City, and most recently Seattle. Williams is also a nationally recognized authority on best practices for jazz radio programming, research, marketing, and administration and content production. A jazz aficionado, Williams previously served as Director of Programming for WBGO.