Friday, November 23, 2012
Remembering Claude "Fiddler" Williams
I wasn't terribly concerned about my legal right to purchase alcohol in Kansas and Missouri when I turned 21. Instead, I was relieved that I could show up at barroom performances by living legends Jay McShann and Claude "Fiddler" Williams without the risk of getting turned away. The violinist's performances served as life-affirming experiences. Williams' sprightly demeanor and phenomenal playing never failed to inspire me.