Jessica Williams, jazz pianist, composer

Jessica Williams, musician and composer

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Site updated May 26th 2018

  • Jessica Williams, born March 17, 1948, Baltimore Maryland, headliner at The Kennedy Center, Holland's North Sea Festival, Norway Molde Festival, plus major festivals and concert halls in Bern, Tokyo, NYC, South Korea, London — more
  • She holds a Fellowship with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation — more
  • Graduate of The Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • She has released over 80 CDs and LPs, and written over 1000 compositions — more
  • She has received four grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; a Rockefeller Grant for composing; the Alice B. Toklas Grant for Women Composers, the 2016 ASCAP Award — more
  • "One of the greatest pianists I have ever heard." - Dave Brubeck
  • "Jessica is a beautiful player." - McCoy Tyner
  • "The most important pianist to arrive since Bill Evans." - Alun Morgan, Gramophonemore
  • "She has the rare ability to draw listeners into her private musical world and hold them there, enthralled." -Dave Gelly, The London Observer
  • "Jessica is a powerful virtuoso, a brilliant solo player, and a 'giant of music', consistently brilliant." - Scott Yanow, The All Music Guide
  • "Nothing short of brilliant." - Sidney Bechet-Mandela, JazzUSA
  • "A vibrant force on the contemporary music scene." - Rolling Stone
  • "In a word, she's a monster. Her technical mastery is equaled by her swing; her power matched by her dexterity." - Geraldine Wyckoff, Downbeat
  • "Her style and technique embrace a very original combination of wit, grace, introspection and white heat." - Harvey Siders, JazzTimes
  • "She is simply a pianistic force of nature that will not be denied." - C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
  • "I will say on record that I think she is the finest pianist of our time. And her records are, bar none, the most consistently immaculate and for your hard-earned dollars, a Jessica Williams album is a no-brainer" - Fred Jung, All About Jazz
  • "Jessica is utterly magnificent . . . the most poetic of all living jazz pianists." - Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News
  • "This is easy. Jessica Williams doesn't make bad records." - JazzNow, Lawrence Brazier

Jessica Williams, selfies taken on April 2, 2018 at age 70


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I believe we are only One Race, the Human Race. We choose to move forward together as One People, toward Freedom and Justice. Our struggle is not just for our own survival, but for the happiness and well-being of those who come after us. — Jessica