Voice of Utah jazz: DJ retiring after 31 years hosting nightly show (via Deseret News)

Steve Williams’ love for jazz might have been baked in at birth.

Reflecting on his life and his decision to retire after 31 years of hosting a nightly jazz program on KUER-FM, Williams looks back on his parents’ musical experiences as a formative influence on his life. He even has an album of big-band jazz recorded at the concert where his parents met.

“My dad was a professional saxophonist; she was a tap dancer,” Williams said. “At 12 years old, 13, she was a professional tap dancer.”

On a fateful night at the Hollywood Palladium in 1945, Murray Williams was playing lead alto sax for the Gene Krupa Orchestra. His future wife — visiting from Utah — came to hear the band play. There must have been magic in the air as well as music; they met that night and got married not long after.

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