WILLIAM KNOWLES (Jimmy Powers) is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Howard University and the University of Massachusetts and now lives in Washington, DC. As a composer, arranger, music director and pianist, he has worked at regional theaters around the country, including Dallas Theater Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Northlight (Chicago), CenterStage (Baltimore), Indiana Repertory Theater, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where he has performed in eight different productions. He has received five Helen Hayes nominations for Musical Direction, winning twice. Offstage he has released seven jazz cds with music partner Mark Saltman. Their latest release, titled Almost, has spent more than 20 weeks on the jazz charts (visit SaltmanKnowles.com). Mr. Knowles has collaborated with playwright, lyricist, and director Thomas W. Jones II on a number of projects. Their original works include: Slam, Pearl Bailey…By Request, Cool Papa’s Party, Fool In Love, Ladies Swing The Blues, Billie’s Song, and Shake Loose. Most recently they have written an adaptation of Ruth Watson’s novel Blackberry Daze.