Jessica Williams

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Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams is a well-known and highly respected American pianist and composer who has deep roots in the Jazz Tradition.

DAVE BRUBECK calls her "One of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard..."

McCOY TYNER says "Jessica is a beautiful player..."

and ROLLING STONE Magazine calls her "A vibrant force on the contemporary music scene."

This two-time Grammy Nominee was classically trained at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In her mid-twenties she worked with the great Philly Joe Jones, drummer for the Miles Davis Quintet. She also played in the bands of Eddie Harris, Tony Williams, Stan Getz, Big Nick Nicholaus, Airto and Flora Purim, Charlie Rouse, John Abercrombie, Leroy Vinnegar, and others.

She has released over 65 albums and written over 300 compositions. 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, and the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

She was presented the Keys to the City of Sacramento, receiving four grants from the Sacramento Arts Commission, and the Keys to the City of San Mateo. She was chosen Artist of the Year in Santa Cruz County, for her free musical service to the elderly, and for donating support to the Women's Shelter of Watsonville.

During the last four decades, Jessica has recorded for Adelphi, Clean Cuts, Jazz Focus, Candid, Concord, Landmark-Fantasy, Timeless, Maxjazz, and Origin Arts. Now, she owns her own publishing company, JJW Music, owns her own CD company called Red and Blue Recordings, and runs her own successful Internet business, jessicawilliams.com.

She's been a guest on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. She's written scores for PBS and HBO and has received more than twenty ASCAP Special Awards for her prolific musical output. She has played everywhere from The Kennedy Center to the Opera House in Tokyo.

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Articles on Jessica Williams

11/21/12    Albums    By Britt Robson

Songs of Earth
Jessica Williams

August 2008    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

Songs for a New Century
Jessica Williams

September 2006    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

Billy's Theme: A Tribute to Billy Taylor
Jessica Williams

September 2006    Eighty-Eights    By Thomas Conrad

Billy's Theme: A Tribute to Billy Taylor
Jessica Williams

05/15/06    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival 2006

October 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Live at Yoshi's Volume 2
Jessica Williams

October 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Live at Yoshi's Volume 2
Jessica Williams

March 2005    Cadenza    By Gary Giddins

Last Year's CD Shelf

January/February 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Live at Yoshi's Volume One
Jessica Williams

January/February 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Live at Yoshi's Volume One
Jessica Williams

October 2003    Vox    By Christopher Loudon

Songs
Carolyn Graye with Jessica Williams

September 2003    Pianism    By Harvey Siders

All Alone
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July/August 2002    Albums    By Harvey Siders

This Side Up
Jessica Williams

July/August 1999    Albums    By Bill Bennett

In the Key of Monk
Jessica Williams

January/February 1999    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Joyful Sorrow
Jessica Williams

January/February 1998    Albums    By Duck Baker

Jessica's Blues
Jessica Williams

June 1997    Albums    By Jeff Kaliss

Joy
Jessica Williams

March 1997    Albums    By Marcela Breton

The Victoria Concert
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Albums

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In the Key of Monk

Jazz Focus Records

Joyful Sorrow

Black-Hawk
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Jessica's Blues

Jazz Focus Records
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The Victoria Concert

Jazz Focus Records
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Joy

Jazz Focus Records
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Gratitude

Candid Records
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This Side Up

MaxJazz
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All Alone

MaxJazz
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Live at Yoshi's Volume One

MaxJazz
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Live at Yoshi's Volume 2

MaxJazz
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Billy's Theme: A Tribute to Billy Taylor

Origin Records
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Songs for a New Century

Origin Records
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Songs

OA2 Records
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Touch

Origin Records
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