After a long hiatus caused by illness and the absence of an instrument, I have decided that the best thing I can do for myself is to do what I do, and be who I am. I love my music, and I will soon release new music and begin performing again. There are many things to do, and I will start slow, but speed alone is not music — soul and passion are. I am not done. Thank you all for your patience and love. — JW Mar 22 2017
Above: Jessica Williams is interviewed by the BBC
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. 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
- 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, 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 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
Photo by Jimmy Katz