Colin Williams grew up listening to his mother sing jazz standards as she rocked him to sleep. When he was sixteen, he heard David Friesen playing the bass in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, and his eyes bulged out. After that, he started saving for an upright. After taking lessons with Dan Schulte, he moved to New Orleans, where by day he would study music at Loyola University and by night he would play jazz in the French Quarter in hotel bars and seedy dives. He toured the East Coast with a family of Cajuns and performed in the Kennedy Center. Just before Hurricane Katrina, he moved to San Francisco, and has played several nights a week on the Bay Area Jazz Scene ever since. He teaches music and humanities at the Bay School of San Francisco.