Taken from her website and
through her first BEFORE and AFTER (kind of Blind Fold Test) from JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE.
Edition and adaptation by Toni Basanta from Fairfax, Vermont, USA
Jessica Williams is a well-known and highly respected American pianist and composer.
- Dave Brubeck calls her
- “One of the greatest Jazz pianists I have ever heard.”
- McCoy Tyner says “Jessica is a beautiful player.”
- Critics agree
Bill Evans asked her to share the stage on numerous occasions, while Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, and Billy Taylor made sure she played most of the major concerts and festivals worldwide.
This three-time Grammy Nominee is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
JESSICA WILLIAMS’ career as a Jazz pianist began at age 16 with tenor saxophonist BUCK HILL in her native Baltimore.
After moving to Philadelphia, she played in the bands of Philly Joe Jones, Tyree Glenn and Joe Moreloo.
A house pianist at San Francisco’s Keystone Korner in the 1970s and early 1980s, she played with HEADLINERS like
Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Eddie Harris, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Charlie Rouse, Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, and others.
In the past quarter-century her TRIOS have included bassists Leroy Vinnegar, Jeff Johnson, Dave Captein, Doug Miller and Ray Drummond, and drummers Victor Lewis, Mel Brown and John Bishop.
- She has released over 70 albums and written over 1000 compositions
- She holds a Fellowship with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
- She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; a Rockefeller Grant for composing; the Alice B. Toklas Grant for Women Composers, the ACSCAP+ Award, and more
During the past four decades, Jessica has recorded for Timeless Records, MaxJazz, Fantasy, Origin Arts, Jazz Focus, Candid, Concord Records, and others.
She owns her publishing company, J J W Music, her new LLC called We R 1, the CD company Red and Blue Recordings, and her own Internet business, jessicawilliams.com.
A frequent guest on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, she also appeared on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz.
She’s written scores for PBS and HBO and has toured the world from The Kennedy Center in DC to the Queen’s Hall in the UK to the Opera House in Tokyo.
She is still very much active in her chosen profession and continues to be “a vibrant force on the contemporary music scene.” – Rolling Stone