Dr. Lance Williams' creative interests have always been very broad-based. He has been a professional writer since the age of eighteen. He has published over 300 articles and co-authored the book The Anatomy of a Record Company: How to Survive the Music Business. He previously served as Artistic Director of the Quincy Jones Production Workshop and owned a video production company, the Edutainment Institute.
He wrote the lead article for the legendary Wattstax concert for the Los Angeles Times, as well as the liner notes for the concert reissue album on Fantasy Records. Beginning as a college disk jockey, he has worked in radio at KGFJ-AM, where he produced the "Inner Dimensions" music documentary series with Roland Bynum and Sid McCoy as hosts; KJLH-FM, and KPFK-FM, where he co-hosted a blues show.
He has interviewed hundreds of artists, beginning as a teenager with Count Basie in 1967 and including Bob Marley, Muddy Waters, Dexter Gordon, Grover Washington, and Stevie Wonder. Dr. Williams wrote the liner notes for the 2012 album release "Dance of the Kalahari" by the Bay Area jazz sextet Umoja.
He amassed over thirty-five years of experience as a Department Vice-Chair, Assistant Professor, and Instructor at a wide variety of colleges and universities in southern California, including UCLA, USC, the Claremont Colleges, Loyola Marymount, four California State Universities, and five community colleges.
Dr. Williams taught the first courses in African-American music while serving as the co-founder of the Pan-African Studies Department at CSULA. He was also co-founder of UCLA NOMMO, and the Association of African and African-American Folklorists. He was the first African-American student to earn an M. A. in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA.
His Ph. D. dissertation at UCLA in Anthropology was the first ethnographic study of the culture of Martin Luther King Hospital. He later staged a version of his dissertation while teaching drama and ethnomusicology at the Claremont Colleges.
In 1992, he created the lecture-conversation series Blacks on Blues, with the intent of preserving community interest in the historic art form. Utilizing the benefits of social media such as Facebook, as well as Powerpoint, video and the music itself, the series continues to be popular and is presented monthly in the greater Los Angeles area. Topics have included a wide variety of artistic expression, hot topics, and basic concerns affecting the music and its creators.
He also has amassed over 300 production credits, and extensive radio experience. He conceived, produced and directed the first video documentary on African-American folklore, " What Time is De Meetin' "?, after learning the documentary film business while working at KCET-Television in Los Angeles. He is an accomplished photographer who has shot photos on four continents-in Brasil, Malaysia, Senegal, South Africa and many parts of the United States.