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Mars Williams
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Background information
Born Illnois, USA
Date 1955
Occupation Saxophonist
Associated acts The Psychedelic Furs
Billy Idol
The Power Station
Musician

Mars Williams (born 1955 in Elmhurst, Illnois, USA) was a versatile American jazz and rock saxophonist, whose work has included performing on The Power Station's debut album The Power Station.

Biography[]

Mars started out as an arranger and orchestator, studying under the mentorship of Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell. He is a veteran musician who has played with various bands and recording artists, including The Psychedelic Furs, Ministry, Billy Idol, The Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Pete Cosey, Billy Squier and a lot of leading figures in the NYC downtown scene.

He has also toured and recorded with the Peter Brotzmann Tentet, the Vandermark 5, and Cinghiale, Mark Freeland's Electroman, and is the bandleader of several spin-off jazz groups/projects Liquid Soul, NRG Ensemble, Witches & Devils, Slam, and XmarsX. Despite his busy schedule with Liquid Soul, he managed to also stay active in the Chicagoani improvisional jazz underground scene.

Power Station[]

Mars plays saxophone on four tracks on The Power Station (album). Some Like It Hot, Murderess, Go To Zero, and Still In Your Heart.

Death[]

Williams died of periampullary cancer on November 20, 2023 at the age of 68. He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2022. Williams had played his final concerts with the Psychedelic Furs in October 2023.

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