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July 2024


At Pinocchio's this Saturday, August 8!

This Saturday, August 8, the Conspirators and I will be at
Pinocchio’s in Pasadena for a great evening of jazz standards, swing, and blues!

It’s a Saturday deal that can’t be beat: wonderful music, no cover charge, tasty Italian food, and all ages are welcome.  Come for dinner or hang out at the bar — we just want to see you there!  You can drop in or you can call them at (626) 791-7591 and make a reservation.

Pinocchio’s is at:
1449 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104


My partners in crime? The Conspirators are Jim Van Deventer on tenor
sax, Laurence Yeung on guitar, Jimi Hawes on bass, and Mike
Ferrara on drums.

I sure hope to see you there!

Last Friday at the Pasadena Jazz Institute

It was wonderful to have so many friends and fans come out to the PJI last week for our “3rd of July Jazz Party!”  Jon Prentice got this great shot of Bill Watrous playing with us….

Bill Watrous with KJ Williams and the Conspirators (Jon Prentice)

Bill Watrous with KJ Williams and the Conspirators (Jon Prentice)

Friday, July 3: Pasadena Jazz Institute debut!

The Conspirators and I are making our Pasadena Jazz Institute debut
THIS FRIDAY and we’ll feature a very special guest, Bill Watrous, on
trombone!  A strong showing from our local fans would sure make for a
great night and help us get invited back, so we’d especially love to
see you at this show!

The lineup for the night is phenomenal — in addition to us, you’ll see Steve Snyder, Kristin Korb, the San Gabriel 7, Nick Mancini, featuring Eric Marienthal, Bill Watrous, Katie Campbell, Dale Boatman, and Jennifer Hart! The PJI has a full menu and a full bar, so you can make a whole evening of it (but don’t forget your ID, or you’ll be stuck with a Shirley Temple) — the music won’t stop until well after midnight.

Who: KJ and the Conspirators (and 4 other GREAT bands!)
What: 3rd of July Jazz Party
When: 6-7PM Friday, July 3 (the other bands will continue on past midnight)
Where: Pasadena Jazz Institute
260 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 206, Pasadena, CA

Ticket details:

There is a 2 item (food or drink) minimum.

Advance tickets: If you’re not on my email list and didn’t get the announcement, drop me a line at and I’ll forward you information about discounted advance tickets.

Reserved tickets: Tickets are $20 at the door.  You can make a reservation through me anytime before noon on Friday — this will make sure your name is on the list and that there’s a seat for you!   Just drop me an email at and let me know how big your party will be. (You can also take your chances and buy a ticket when you get there.)  Either way, please tell the person working will call/admission that you’re there to see KJ Williams and the Conspirators — they’re keeping track of who fills the seats, and we
really want to do this again!

I can’t wait to see you there!

Save the date: July 3 at the Pasadena Jazz Institute!

The Conspirators and I have been keeping busy!  Our concert in Dana Point was a blast and I hope to post some recordings from that event in the next few days.

In other news, I’m over the moon about our next gig: we’ll be making our Pasadena Jazz Institute debut on Friday, July 3 at 6PM!  The lineup for the night is amazing — check out the poster! (I’ll post more about advance tickets later this week.)

Our first gig at the Pasadena Jazz Institute!

3rd of July Jazz Party -- our first gig at the Pasadena Jazz Institute!

Headlining in Dana Point!

The Conspirators and I are excited to announce that on Saturday, June 6 at 7:30PM we will be in concert in beautiful Dana Point!  We’re the headliners for Las Buenas Amigas’ annual benefit concert, so bring your friends and family and enjoy an evening of wonderful music for a great cause!

The concert is at:

7:30PM, Saturday, June 6
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
33501 Stonehill Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629

Your $20 donation ($10 for K-12 students) per ticket supports the RIO Adult Day Health Care Center of San Clemente and the Outdoor Education Center, a science-oriented camp benefiting Orange County youth.

Contact Joyce for reservations and information:
For more details and ticket ordering information (yes, you can buy one at the door, but will call is the best way to be sure you get a seat!) grab the concert flyer!  Please print a few and spread the word!

Raymond Scott snapshot

Caltech's Quintette + KJ Williams

Caltech's Quintette + KJ Williams

Bill Bing sent this great snapshot from Monday’s Raymond Scott tribute concert.  What an unforgettable night!

KJ sings Raymond Scott!

Les Deutsch and Bill Bing have put together what promises to be an unforgettable Raymond Scott tribute concert — news has even made it over to the Raymond Scott Blog!

I’m honored to be singing several of Les’ arrangements with a brilliant group of musicians: Les at the piano, Lynne Snyder on clarinet, John Brugman on trumpet, Kevin Chen on bass, plus two of my Conspirators, Jim Van Deventer on tenor sax and clarinet, and Mike Ferrara on drums! Save the date and I’ll see you there! The concert is free; no tickets are required!

Raymond Scott CDWhat: The Screwy Jazz of Raymond Scott
When: Monday, May 18 at 8PM
Where: Dabney Hall, Caltech (building 40 on the Caltech campus maps)
Who: The Caltech Raymond Scott Quintette (and me!)


I’m excited to be a guest vocalist at Caltech’s Bandorama again this year!  This concert is a great opportunity to hear the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band and both of the Caltech Jazz Bands.

The show is Saturday, May 9 at 8PM.  The concert is in Ramo Auditorium, Building 77 on the maps here: No tickets are required.  And if you just can’t get enough of the bands, they’re playing Friday night, 5/8, at 8PM, as well, with a slightly different set list.

As always, you can keep up with my shenanigans right here!
There’s lots coming up — a special Raymond Scott concert (5/18), an evening of jazz at Pinocchio’s (5/23), and a full concert with the Conspirators in Dana Point (6/6)!

Check out the Chamber Singers concert this Saturday

If you’re looking for some great choral and solo vocal music this
weekend, be sure to check out the Caltech Chamber Singers this
Saturday!  We’ll be performing many of our favorites, featuring works
by Lassus, Morley, and Salieri, and several of us will also perform
solo pieces.  The concert is at 7:30pm this Saturday, 4/25 in Dabney
Hall, building 40 on these maps: No
tickets are required.

I hope to see you there!

KJ and the Conspirators at the 2009 Caltech Jazz Festival

This Saturday, 4/18, the Conspirators and I will be performing at the
Caltech Jazz Festival.  We will be on from 2:30-3:10, but come and
enjoy the whole festival from noon to 6!

The Caltech Jazz Festival is in Gates Garden, just north of Building
26 on these maps:  No tickets are
required, parking is free and plentiful, so bring a picnic, a friend,
a love of music, and enjoy what promises to be a beautiful afternoon!
More maps and parking information is available at

There’s lots of exciting stuff coming up, so be sure to check out the
gig calendar at .

See you Saturday!