Film & TV Composer Patrick Williams Dies at 79

Patrick Williams
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Composer Patrick Williams attends the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Film and television composer Patrick Williams died Wednesday at age 79, according to BMI. The Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer worked on scores for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, The Streets of San Francisco, Columbo, Lou Grant and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.

Williams also received an Oscar nod for his work in the 1979 film Breaking Away. His résumé revolves around his role as a major jazz leader -- which earned him 19 Grammy nods -- and includes a Pulitzer nomination for his jazz quartet and symphony orchestra for An American Concerto.

Musicians who have worked with Williams on concerts include Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond and Gloria Estefan. He also gave lectures around the country and served as the artistic director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for five years. The Institute trains young musicians in pursuit of musical careers.

Williams' colleagues reacted to the news on social media, including Italian singer-songwriter Laura Pausini.


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