I, of course, am also willing to work at practically anything — to teach, do odd jobs, anything my body will allow. I can accompany singers, play churches, make personal CDs just for you, anything you need.
If you can help my family to stay together and avoid the streets, we only need to pay March’s rent ($1200) for just ONE month to get us through this passage. That’s 24 people giving $50, or 12 people giving $100.
I am so close to digging out of this financial hole that my 3-level lumbar back fusion put us in. Please help. We rent and need to your help to keep that roof over our heads. — Love and Peace, Jessica, Feb 2, 2017. @
Jessica Williams, born March 17, 1948, Balitmore Maryland.
Headliner at The Kennedy Center, Dutch North Sea Festival, Norway Molde Festival, plus major fesitivals 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, Gramophone — more
"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
My back was broken 5 years ago, after over 50 years as a pianist. My lumbar fusion was a relative success. I lost my piano and all of my savings, but now I am getting better, writing new music, "climbing back up the mountain". Please donate HERE for my piano and recovery fund. For my music, please buy it from me HERE
I believe we are of One Race, the Human Race. Our past is frozen, caught like a fly in amber, but our future is mutable and changeable, and we build our futures every second. We can no longer live in a dead past. We choose to go forward, into a positive future of Change, a River of vast possibilities, not just for our own survival, but for the happiness and well-being of the children yet to come. This is not just about us. It is about those who come after us. — JW, 2017