Happy Birthday Irv Williams

Happy Birthday Irv!

We, at Kairos Dance Theatre, are darn lucky, really lucky. We get to perform with Irv Williams, saxophonist extraordinaire. Irv is one of those modest guys who is actually quite famous behind his humble demeanor. Irv is an amazing musician – a musician’s musician who holds the melody and sends it out of his horn like a wizard creating a spell for us to dance in.

As a young man he was playing jazz in St. Louis when he was drafted into the Navy back in World War II. Fortunately his talents were discovered early and he was told to play music in the Navy Band stationed in Minnesota.

Last week Irv came with us to the VA Adult Day Program in Minneapolis. Irv and another vet shared stories about a dear friend and musician while the rest of us danced and laughed. There was camaraderie and affection among the vets and Irv. They shared something that we teaching artists didn’t. As veterans they shared hard stuff. Some were drafted when they were going to school or maybe just after they had been hired in their dream job. But they had to give it up. Their country called them to duty and they showed up.

Thanks. And thanks to Mrs. Williams for giving birth to Irwin 92 years ago. And thanks to Irv’s Grandma who breathed life into him when he was given up for dead. He sure is worth it.

Love you Irv. I am so glad you were born.



The mission of Kairos Dance Theatre is to transform and revitalize individuals and communities. We work with older adults in intergenerational settings to liberate the healing power of interactive dance and story. We achieve our mission by engaging the skills of professional teaching artists.

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