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Hear Elftet, From the Royal Academy of Music, in Celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month

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Elftet: Royal Academy of Music

The Royal Academy of Music is Britain's oldest degree-granting music school. Since its establishment in 1822, the conservatory has produced a lengthy roster of versatile and creative luminaries; Sir John Dankworth, Joe Jackson, Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox are RAM alumni.

Elftet was formed in September 2015 with eight RAM students, including vibraphonist, composer and bandleader JohnnyMansfield. His compositions expose a variety of influences, ranging from Igor Stravinsky to James Taylor.  To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month we're featuring Elftet's arrangement of Norah Jones' "Painter Song" as well as a Mansfield original, "Wings".

Elftet band members (from left):

*These musicians are from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the U.K.

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.