Ben Williams isn’t just another young Jazz bassist . He’s one of the most in-demand sidemen in music these days. His long list of collaborations includes work with Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Dee Dee Bridgewater and more. In 2009, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk competition. His new album, State of Art is so good that we put it on our top 10 list for 2011. On Monday, March 12 – Williams brings his quartet to Portland @ Jimmy Mak’s downtown. We caught up with him on the road to talk about his new record and what it’s like to be a rising star in Jazz these days. Take a listen, and see what you think!