Jessica Williams, jazz pianist, composer

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I had a career of incredible highs and painful lows. I speak about the highs all the time. I learned that when you're in business, you stay positive. As a woman jazz musician, I took more abuse than I've ever let on publicly. I have alluded to being the recipient of bullying, physical violence, and sexual abuse. That is all true. I won't go into particulars and would never "name names".

For a woman to succeed in any business in this weird Time of Trump, she must be a hundred times better at the job than any men are. We know, going in, that the deck is stacked against us. I thought I had seen and experienced the worst.

Then I decided to "come out" as trans. I was born with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, and had surgery to repair parts of me in 1976.

My husband supported me, and I came out on LinkedIn. And since that time, I have not even been asked to play piano one single time in the past five years, except by two friends. During my illness, the only time a jazz musician called me was to verbally abuse me. Record executives used violent language that I had never heard before. The phone bullying, plus the trolls on Facebook, caused me to change the way I live. I am in seclusion because my life is always in danger.

Many transwomen have died in this madness, along with alarming numbers of Black women, Mexicans, Hispanics, American Indians, and other "minority populations", because the current administration believes that we are a danger to white America.

We wish.

My husband and I are "white" in description only. Actually, my Father was Irish and my Mother, a Matrilineal Jew.

 

 

 

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This site is dedicated to John Coltrane, Glenn Gould, Elvin Jones, Mary Lou Williams, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams, and all who have devoted their lives and their souls to Music. "I want to be a force for good. I know there are bad forces here that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the force which is truly good." - John Coltrane

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