Jessica Williams, jazz pianist, composer

 

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Jessica Williams is a well-known and highly respected American pianist and composer.

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. She played in the bands of Philly Joe Jones, Stan Getz, Eddie Harris, Tony Williams, Airto and Flora, Charlie Rouse, Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, and others

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, JJW 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 Washington DC to the Queen's Hall in the UK to the Opera House in Tokyo.

She advocates for feedom, justice, and equality among all peoples of the Earth, and has always made it clear that she believes in good over evil, love over hate, and peace over war. She defiantly opposes the present regime in the US and abroad, and is a staunch supporter of GLBT rights, particularly focusing on an end to the hate and violence endured by trans*, transgendered, and transsexual people everywhere. She was born with A.I.S.new window, and had gender corrective surgery in 1976. Jessica has fought her entire life against inequality and hate.

At 70, she continues to make new music and fight for freedom.

More about We R 1 and "Why we Fight" here

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