The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 3, 2013

Ben Williams to perform Feb. 15

— Jazzman Ben Williams and his sizzling group Sound Effect will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Carnegie Hall.

A native of Washington, D.C., and a Michigan State graduate, Will-iams won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2009. He has performed with  Wynton Marsalis and Terence Blanchard, and most recently launched his career as bandleader of Sound Effect.

With his warm, woody and enveloping tone, Williams delivers R&B-flecked jazz; negotiating classic turns, while making his own rules. “State of the Art” is his debut album for Concord Records.

Before the performance, the public is invited to a 4 p.m. free open sound check and Q&A with Williams and Sound Effect.

Tickets range in price from $12 to $21 and are available now. Arrive early at 7 p.m. and enjoy a special Mainstage Lounge including food and beverages sponsored by Hill and Holler Bicycle Works. Admission to Mainstage Lounge is $5 per person.

Call 304-645-7917 for more information or visit to purchase tickets. You can also buy tickets in advance at the Hall at 105 Church St., Lewisburg.