Dazzle Artist Spotlight: The Next Generation

Dazzle Artist Spotlight: The Next Generation

Rocco Williams

Denver native Rocco Lc Williams began his musical career on drum set and shifted to the vibraphone at just ten years old when, through a challenging audition process, he was selected to attend the prestigious Denver School of the Arts (DSA). At DSA, he had the privilege of studying with Denver percussion icons Dave Hammond and Greg Harris. From there, Williams was forever changed by his musical experience.

Williams was courted by numerous conservatories, universities and colleges when considering his options for undergraduate studies, and ultimately accepted a full scholarship to the University of Colorado Boulder’s esteemed Jazz Performance program in the College of Music. The recruitment package broke new ground for the university by offering the creation and customization of a special emphasis on jazz vibraphone to suit Williams’ talent. Williams expects to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in May of 2020.

Inspired by his musical mentors, including Aaron Parks, Joshua Redman, Peter Bernstein, Yosvany Terry, Jeff Jenkins and Carl Cecchine, Jr. (Williams’ grandfather and a gifted musician), Williams’ has dedicated his life to pursuing jazz performance, instruction, education and promotion.

Williams has completed an impressive list of independent advanced jazz immersion programs complementing his undergraduate studies, including attending the Stanford Jazz Intensive on scholarship. He has competed in a variety of local and national musical competitions and has received awards in many categories.

Williams regularly records and performs with multiple combos throughout Colorado at festivals and venues including the Telluride Jazz Festival, Dazzle (Denver), Cucuru Art Gallery (Colorado Springs) and the Laughing Goat (Boulder), as well as being a seasoned veteran of live radio performances (KUVO-FM). Williams has worked as an independent percussion instructor, offering customized private lessons, workshops and masterclasses.


May 30 2019


9:00 pm - 10:15 pm




Dazzle @ Baur's
1512 Curtis Street, Denver, CO, 80202


(303) 839-5100