Jessica Williams, jazz pianist, composer

Jessica Williams Concerts

 

No piano concerts have been scheduled for 2012 or beyond

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 music, and I will soon release new music again if I am able. 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 2019

Where she's played (a small sampling):

  1. Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival (twice) at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC
  2. Art Tatum Jazz Festival, and Piano Summit (4 times) at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC
  3. Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz (3 times) at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC
  4. Merkin Hall NYC
  5. Carnegie Hall NYC
  6. Royal Festival Hall in London
  7. Campbell Recital Hall at Stanford CA
  8. Sheshlow Auditorium in Iowa
  9. Spoleto Jazz Festival in SC, Duke University in Durham NC
  10. North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland
  11. Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado
  12. Ottawa Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival
  13. Seattle Jazz Festival, West Canada Jazz Festival
  14. Wigan Jazz Festival in UK
  15. Norway's Molde Jazz Festival
  16. Italy's La Spezia Jazz Festival
  17. Bern Jazz Festival
  18. Japan and South Korea for Fujitsu's 100 Gold Fingers
  19. San Francisco Jazz Festival
  20. Anacortes Jazz Festival in WA
  21. Healdsburg Jazz Festival in CA
  22. Ireland's County Cork Jazz Festival
  23. Brecon Jazz Festival in Wales
  24. DUNDEE jazz festival in Scotland
  25. Gateshead Art Centre in UK
  26. Darlington Arts Centre in UK
  27. Steinway Performance Space in Seattle WA
  28. Jazz Alley in Seattle WA
  29. Triple Door in Seattle WA
  30. Bimhaus in Holland
  31. Opera house Spain
  32. Portugal Performance Centre
  33. New Morning, France
  34. Cosenza Jazz, Italy
  35. Molde Norway Jazz Festival
  36. Large clubs in Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland
  37. Reno Jazz Festival
  38. The Boston Pops Musica Viva
  39. Marin Center for the Performing Arts
  40. Mendocino Music Festival
  41. Great American Music Hall in CA
  42. Cotati Jazz Festival in CA
  43. Russian River Festival in CA
  44. Keystone Korner in CA
  45. Yoshi's and Kimball's in CA
  46. Kuumbwa Jazz Center in CA
  47. Spivey Hall in GA,
  48. New Morning in Paris
  49. Jazz in Rouen, France
  50. Jazz in Avignon, France
  51. Art Hall in Santander Spain
  52. Detroit Art Museum
  53. San Jose Art Museum
  54. SF Art Museum
  55. War Memorial Hall in CA
  56. Blues Alley in Washington DC
  57. Lush Life in NYC
  58. Mill at the Pier, Wigan UK
  59. University of Warwick, Coventry UK
  60. Central Library, Portsmouth UK
  61. San Sabastian in Spain
  62. Cathedral Park Jazz Festival in OR
  63. Stanford Jazz Piano Series in CA
  64. Calgary Jazz Festival, Canada
  65. Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, Canada
  66. Edmonton Jazz Festival in Canada
  67. Port Townsend Jazz Festival in WA,
  68. Rosza Center in Calgary Canada
  69. CSU in CA
  70. UCLA
  71. Jazz Roundup, TV show, CA
  72. Cheltenham Town Hall in UK
  73. Swansea in UK
  74. Taliesin Arts Centre UK
  75. Gateshead Central Library in UK,
  76. Jersey, Channel Islands
  77. The Opera House in Tokyo, Japan
  78. The Symphony Hall in Seoul, Korea

many others here

2015

No performances in 2013, 2014: Please donate to my spine surgery recovery fund

2013, 2014

No performances in 2013, 2014: Please donate to my spine surgery recovery fund using Paypal or my PO Box, see details here . . . Hopefully I will be able to perform again. Lumbar 3-level fusion with pedicle screws, rods, and autograft bone infusions from my pelvis. See pictures of my insides, too — well, x-rays, MRI's and CT scans.

2012

Back Surgery: Three level Lumbar Back Fusion with permanent internal instrumentation: L4/L5/S1 cage-fusion - lumbar (lower) spinal surgery on July 25th, 2012.

Details, MRI plates, videos, and donations here

audience

Above: I play at the Brecon (Wales) Festival, photo courtesy BBC.

Terrible posture. That's one reason my back gave out . . . see video here.

This was my final public performance, but not because of my back . . .

2011

I "came out" as having been born inter-sexed (on Wikipedia) and I lost all of my work as a well-known and respected jazz musician, immediately. I had my repairitive operations (SRS) in 1976 almost 45 years ago, but it was a big deal for the jazz world. It still is. I had played my last "gig". I was relieved.

I believe that we need to work towards acceptance of differences. Jazz has become very unpopular in the USA . . . estimates are that only 1/2 to 1% of Americans listen to it. It is marked by extremes of prejudice, both against it, and within it. The creators of this music did not specify who could play it, and, at one time, white people, women musicians, gay people, trans people, everyone was welcome if they could really PLAY. When Miles Davis (a black man) hired Bill Evans (a white man), there were many who stopped listening to Miles' band. In "modern times", women are barred or greatly discouraged, and have to endure physical and emotional abuse just to be allowed to play it. I experienced sexual violations, verbal abuse, physical beatings, and unspeakable violence. This is wrong and needs to be addressed. It is a waste of human potential.

2010

  1. The Triple Door, Main Stage, Sept 4, 2010, a Saturday evening, one show, Seattle, WA, Jessica Williams, solo piano, Celebrating her two latest releases for Origin Arts, TOUCH, and The Art of the Piano. The Triple Dooroff-site, 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101. $25. Call 206 838 4333 for reservations. all ages welcome
  2. The Seasons Performance Hall, Yakima, WA, Sept 24, 2010, a Friday at 7.30pm, Jessica Williams, solo piano- two shows - Jessica premieres her new compositions. Don't miss Jessica's special concert, her first in many years at this acoustically astounding and architecturally impressive converted church. Yakima's finest musical venue, The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Avenue, Yakima, WA 98901 - Tickets, call 509 453 1888 or 888-723-7660, visit their web siteoff-site
  3. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC 20566, December 11, 2010, 7.30 & 9.30pm: NPR's Jazz Piano Christmas. Featuring pianists Jessica Williams, Helio Alves, Renee Rosnes, and more. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566. Tickets and Information: 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600. all ages welcome
  4. Steinway Performance Space at Sherman Clay Pianos, July 24, a Saturday at 7pm, all ages welcome, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert: Get Back to the Garden!, artist reception following performance. Sherman Clay Pianosoff-site at 1624 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

2009

  1. 88 Keys Piano Studio and Performance Space, March 21, 2009, Saturday, all ages welcome, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert and Birthday Party. Whidbey Island, WA, full directions and details at web siteoff-site, send mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com for details and reservations or call 360 221 0362
  2. Steinway Performance Space at Sherman Clay Pianos, March 28, 2009, Saturday at 7pm, all ages welcome, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert: Miles, Monk, Mingus, and Me, artist reception following performance. Sherman Clay Pianosoff-site, 1624 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 - call 206 622 7580 for reservations
  3. The Triple Door, on the Main Stage, April 9, 2009, Thursday at 7:30pm, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. $25 per person. The Triple Dooroff-site, 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101. Call 206 838 4333 for reservations
  4. House Concert on May 16 2009 Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com Jessica Williams or a staff member
  5. House Concert on June 27, 2009, Seattle WA- Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. Presented at an undisclosed location in Seattle. SOLD OUT. mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com Jessica Williams or a staff member here
  6. House Concert on July 25, 2009, Seattle WA Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com Jessica Williams or a staff member here
  7. Steinway Performance Space at Sherman Clay Pianos, Sept 12, 2009, Saturday at 7pm, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert, artist reception following performance, CDs signing. Sherman Clay Pianosnew window, 1624 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 - call 206 622 7580 for reservations
  8. House Concert on Sept 27, 2009 Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. Presented at an undisclosed location in Yakima. mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com Jessica Williams or a staff member for an invitation
  9. 88 Keys Piano Studio and Performance Space, Nov 7, 2009, Saturday, all ages welcome, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert, with special guest Maureen Girard. Whidbey Island, WA, full directions and details at web sitenew window, call 360 221 0362
  10. Art House Designs, Nov 13 and 14, Fri and Sat night, 7pm, Jessica Williams, piano; Jeff Johnson, bass; Steven Bentley, drums - Art House Designs, 420 Franklin Street Southeast #B, Olympia, WA 98501 - All ages welcome, $25 per person, call 360 943 3377 or mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com
  11. Seattle Art Museum, Dec 10, 2009, a Thursday, 5.30pm to 7.30pm,, all ages welcome, Jessica Williams, solo piano concert featuring new compositions, sponsored by Earshot Jazznew window 1300 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 Phone 206 654 3100 - web sitenew window
  12. Dec 11, 2009, Seattle WA - House Concert, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. Private performance

2008

  1. Seattle, WA, Feb 7, 2008, a Thursday at 7:30pm, on The Triple Door's Main Stagenew window, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert, one show, plus #1 in The Artist Spotlight Series, Jessica's special guest, Aiko Shimadanew window from Tokyo. Albums she's made at this theater, Unity, Prophets, and Resolution, are only available here. The Triple Door, 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101. Call 206 838 4333 for reservations, mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com or visit web sitenew window Read more about this show here, see video of Jessica and Aiko here
  2. Whidbey Island, WA, March 15, 2008, Saturday: 88 Keys Piano Studio and Performance Spacenew window, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert and Birthday Party (celebrating 60 years on earth and 56 years playing piano) Full directions and details at web sitenew window, send mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com for details and reservations or call 360 221 0362 - read about it, see pictures here, see videos here
  3. Olympia, WA, May 17, 2008, Sat evening: Olympia, WA: Art House Designs, The Jessica Williams Trio with Jeff Johnsonnew window, bass and Steven Bentley, drums - Art House Designs, 420 Franklin Street Southeast #B, Olympia, WA 98501 - Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts promptly at 8 pm. All ages welcome, $25 per person, call 360 943 3377 or mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com
  4. Portland, OR, June 21, 2008, Saturday from 7 to 9 pm: Classic Pianos Hallnew windowJessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert The Northwest's PREMIER Piano Store and Concert Hallnew window. Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202. Call 503 239 9969 or 503 784 3566 for reservations, or send mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com. $30 at the door
  5. San Francisco, CA, June 14, 2008, Saturday, 8pm: San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Herbst Theaternew windowPresented by The San Francisco Jazz Festivalnew window Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102 - buy tickets onlinenew window or call the box office at 866 920 5299
  6. Yakima WA Sept 20, 2008 Saturday, 7pm: Seasons Performance Hall, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. A coming home/birthday party for Jessica! Playing gorgeous music that has rarely if ever been heard before plus some heartfelt reflections on great American composers - The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Avenue, Yakima, WA 98901 - call 509 453 1888, mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com, or web site
  7. Eugene, OR Sept 26, 2008: The Christiansens Presents on Sept 26, 2008, Friday, 7pm: Solo Piano Concert with Jessica Williams at The United Lutheran Church, 2230 Washington St., Eugene, Oregon, 97405. $30 at the door. Advance tickets $25: call Gary or Jeanne Christiansen at 1 541 741 6079
  8. Whidbey Island, WA Oct 4th, 2008 Saturday, 7pm: The Fourth Annual Fall Concert - South Whidbey High School Auditorium in Langley, Wa, sponsored by the South Whidbey Association of Jazz Educators. Cocoa Martini, Randy Halberstadt, Overton Berry, Maureen Girardnew windowClipper Andersonnew window, Brian Kirknew windowJessica Williams, solo piano, new compositions, other pleasantries. Tickets at Useless Bay Coffee Co. in Langley WA. Visit maureengirard.comnew window or call 1 360 221 0362
  9. Oakland CA, Nov 13, 2008, Thursday: Yoshi'snew windowJessica Williams, solo piano concert. Performances at 8pm and 10pm, Yoshi's at Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607 - Ph 510 238 4555, fx 238 4551

2007

  1. Detroit Institute of Arts, Jan 26, 2007, Jessica Williams, solo piano, featuring new and original music never heard before - Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202 - Box Office: 313 833 7900, TDD: 313 833 1454 - web sitenew window
  2. Art House Designs, Jessica Williams, piano; Jeff Johnson, bass; Steven Bentley, drums - Art House Designs, 420 Franklin Street Southeast #B, Olympia, WA 98501 - All ages welcome, $25 per person, call 360 943 3377 or mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com
  3. The Triple Door, main stage, May 24, 2007, - Jessica Williams, solo and trio featuring John Bishopnew window, drums and Doug Millernew window, bass. Several of Jessica's Red and Blue CDs have been made at the "3D" - most recently Unity and Resolution - 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101 - Tickets $25 per person, Call 206 838 4333 for reservations. mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com or visit their web sitenew window
  4. Seasons Performance Hall, May 26 and 27, 2007, Sat, Sun, 8pm. The Jessica Williams Trio - Premiere of her new Freedom Suite. The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Avenue, Yakima, WA 98901 - Tickets, call 509 453 1888, mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com, or visit their web sitenew window
  5. Oakland, CA: Yoshi's, June 10, 2007, Sunday, sets at 7pm and 9pm. The Jessica Williams Band with Jeff Chambers, bass, Eddie Marshall, drums. Yoshi's at Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607 - Tickets: 1st show, $20, 2nd show, $14 - Ph 510 238 4555, fx 238 4551 or visit their web sitenew window
  6. The Brecon Jazz Festival, August 12, 2007, Jessica Williams, solo piano concert at Theatr Brycheiniognew window in Wales, UK. £14.50. Ph 01874 622838, or 01874 611622. Canal Wharf, Brecon, Powys LD3 7EW, UK. See web sitenew window. Also Humphrey Lyttelton, Joe Temperley, Scott Hamilton, Joe Lovano
  7. The Stables in Milton-Keynes, England August 14, 2007, Jessica Williams, solo piano concert. Jim Marshall Auditorium. £16.50. Tickets: ph 01908 280800, fax 01908 280825 - mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com: boxoffice@stables.org or visit The Stables Box Office, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, England MK17 8LU -
  8. Anacortes Jazz Festival, Sept 1 2007, mid-afternoon concert by The Jessica Williams Trio. Anacortes Jazz Festival, Anacortes, WA - web sitenew window
  9. The Piedmont Piano San Francisco Recital Hall, October 5, 2007, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano. 660 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 - call 1 415 543 9988 or 1 510 547 8188 for reservations, visit piedmontpiano.comnew window mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com
  10. The Piedmont Piano Oakland Recital Hall, October 6, 2007, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano. 4382 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 - call 1 510 547 8188 or 1 415 543 9988 for reservations, visit piedmontpiano.comnew window mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com
  11. The Christiansens Presents, October 12th 2007- Solo Piano Concert with Jessica Williams at The United Lutheran Churchnew window, 2230 Washington St., Eugene, Oregon, 97405. $30 at the door. Call Gary or Jeanne Christiansen at 1 541 741 6079, send mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com
  12. October 20th, 2007, Saturday, 7pm: The Third Annual Fall Concert- South Whidbey High School Auditorium. Jessica Williams, solo piano, plus Overton Berry; Brian Kirk; Maureen Girard; Andre Feriante; Clipper Anderson. $15 general, $10 students. Visit maureengirard.comnew window or call 1 360 221 0362
  13. Duke University, October 25, 2007, for Duke Performancesnew window, in the Nelson Music Room: Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert: A Nod to Mary Lou & Monk. Also: Kenny Barron, Charlie Haden, Hank Jones, Randy Weston, Barry Harris, Johnny Griffin, Andy Bey, others
  14. Special Pre-Thanksgiving Concert, November 17, 2007: 88 Keys Piano Studio and Performance Spacenew window, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. Full directions and details at web sitenew window, send mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com for details and reservations or call 1 360 221 0362

2006

  1. Seattle, Washington January 5 and 6, 2006, The Triple Door, main stage, Thurs and Fri, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano. The Triple Door, 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101. Tickets, reservations: 206 838 4333 for reservations. mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com or visit their web sitenew window
  2. Yakima, WA January 7, 2006, The Seasons Performance Hall, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano: New original works and The Music of the Masters. 101 N. Naches Avenue, Yakima, WA. Tickets, reservations: call 509 453 1888 or visit their web sitenew window
  3. Oakland, CA February 23, 2006, Yoshi's, Thursday, sets 8pm and 10pm, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano: New works (including parts of my suite for Dr Billy Taylor, to be performed later this year at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC) plus The Music of the Masters: Yoshi'snew window at Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607 - Ph 510 238 4555, fx 238 4551
  4. Olympia, WA March 10 and 11, 2006, Art House Designs, Fri and Sat nights; 420 Franklin Street Southeast #B, Olympia, WA 98501. The Trio, consisting of Jessica Williams, piano, with Jeff Johnson on bass, and Steven Bentley on drums; All ages welcome, $25 per person | 360 943 3377, or mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com
  5. House Concert March 12, 2006, Sunday at 7pm, at an undisclosed location somewhere in Seattle, Washington. Limited seating, intimate setting. Jessica Williams, a Solo Piano concert
  6. San Francisco, CA March 26 , 2006, Sunday, 4pm: Jazz Chez Hanny, Jessica Williams, a Solo Piano concert.Tickets $25. , doors open at 3:30pm. 145 Fillmore, 1 block South of Haight St in San Francisco - Reservations: mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com Frank or visit web sitenew window
  7. San Francisco, California April 8, 2006, Saturday, 8pm, The Piedmont Piano Company, $20 donation. Jessica Williams, Solo Piano. Call 415 543 9988 for reservations - 660 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 - call 1 415 543 9988 for reservations, or visit their web site at piedmontpiano.comnew window - read Jessica's "review"
  8. Washington, D.C. May 11, 2006, Thursday, 7pm, The John F Kennedy Centernew windowJessica Williams, Solo Piano - The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20566
  9. Ann Arbor, Michigan May 19, 2006, Friday, 8pm, The Kerrytown Concert Housenew windowJessica Williams, Solo Piano. The Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, $30, 734 769 2999
  10. Aptos, California Saturday, June 10, 2006, Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series at Cabrillo College. Special Guest Appearance by Jazz Pianist and 2002 Artist of the Year, Jessica Williams, $55, 831 688 1518
  11. San Francisco, California June 17, 2006, Saturday, 8pm, The Piedmont Piano Companynew window, $20 donation. Jessica Williams, Solo Piano on the 10-foot Fazioli Grand. The Piedmont Piano Company, 660 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, 415 543 9988
  12. Seattle, Washington September 7 and 8, 2006, The Triple Doornew window main stage, Thursday Sep 7 at 7.30pm, and Friday Sep 8 at 8pm. Jessica Williams, Solo Piano. The Triple Door, 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101. Reservations: 206 838 4333, mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com or visit their web sitenew window
  13. Yakima, Washington September 9, 2006, The Seasons Performance Hallnew window Saturday, 7:30pm. Jessica Williams, Solo Piano. 2 shows, all ages welcome. Special return engagement featuring Billy's Theme, The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Avenue, Yakima, WA, $22, 509 453 1888
  14. San Diego, California October 7, 2006, Lyman Saville Theater - The First Annual Guido Adler Jazz Piano Scholarship Competition features the best high school jazz piano players. 8:30 - 10pm: Jessica Williams will perform an intimate concert. Jessica Williams concert: $25 for general public; $20 for KSDS/Jazz88 Members
  15. UCLA, Los Angeles, CA October 15, 2006, 1pm on Sunday afternoon (2 shows), Jessica Williams, Solo Piano (Other shows in this series, the David L. Abell Memorial Jazz Salons, will include Harold Mabern, George Cables, and Fred Hersh). Lenart Auditorium at the Fowler Museum on UCLA campus. 310 206 3269

2005

  1. Olympia, WA; Art House Designs, Feb. 5, 2005, a Saturday night, 8pm, at Art House Designs, 420 Franklin Street Southeast #B, Olympia, WA 98501. Jessica Williams, piano, Jeff Johnson bass, Steven Bentley, drums. All ages welcome, $20.00. Call 360 943 3377, or mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com for reservations
  2. Seattle, WA; Jazz Alley, Feb 6, 2005, a Sunday, at Jazz Alley, 6th and Lenore in downtown Seattle. Solo piano and duo performances featuring Jeff Johnson on bass, an event sponsored by Earshot Jazznew window
  3. Seattle, WA; Seattle Art Museum, Feb 10, 2005, a Thursday, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, solo piano concert featuring new compositions, sponsored by Earshot Jazznew window | web sitenew window
  4. Bellingham, WA; Lairmont Manor Recital Hall, Feb 11, 2005, a Friday, solo piano. Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldstone Road, Bellingham, Washington, ph 360 647 1444, fx 360 647 9223, an event sponsored by Earshot Jazznew window | web sitenew window
  5. Washington, DC; The Kennedy Center, May 5, 2005, a Thursday, 7.30 and 9.30 pm, The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC; 800 444 1324 or 202 467 4600, tickets $25 web sitenew window
  6. Healdsburg, CA; The 2005 Healdsburg Jazz Festival, June 10, 2005, 8 pm Jessica Williams, solo piano, also Kenny Barron, John Hicks, Regina Carter, Gary Burton, Virginia Mayhew. The Raven Theater, 115 North Street, Healdsburg. $45. 707 433 4644 | web sitenew window
  7. Seattle, WA; The Triple Door, June 17 and 18, 2005, Fri and Sat nights, 8 pm The Jessica Williams Trio, Ray Drummond bass, Jose Martinez drums. The Triple Door, 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101. 206 838 4333 | web sitenew window
  8. Oakland, CA; Yoshi's, June 21 and 22, 2005, Tues, Wed nights, 8pm The Jessica Williams Trio; Ray Drummond bass, Jose Martinez drums. Yoshi'snew window at Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607. Ph 510 238 4555, fx 238 4551
  9. Olympia, WA; Art House Designs, July 15 and 16, 2005, Fri, Sat nights, 8pm, 420 Franklin Street Southeast #B, Olympia, WA 98501 Call 360 943 3377, or mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com for reservations
  10. Seattle, WA; KPLU Jazz Cruise, Pier 56, The Royal Argosy, July 17, 2005, 10.30am - 1pm, a Sunday, Pier 56, Jessica Williams, Jose Martinez drums, Geoff Cooke bass. Reservations: 1-800-677-5758
  11. Seattle, Washington Sept 17, 2005, Saturday: Classical Grands, the Bosendorfer Main Showroom. Master class at 5pm, performance at 8pm on the Bosendorfer Imperial King, 97-key, nine and a half foot Grand. Seating limited, reservations required. Classical Grands, 1900 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 - Ph 206 297 6717 or at 886 88dream; send mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com | web sitenew window
  12. Anacortes, Washington Sept 18, 2005, Sunday, 3pm: Anacortes Jazz Festival, The Jessica Williams Trio featuring Jeff Johnson, Mel Brown. For reservations and information or visit the Anacortes web sitenew window
  13. San Francisco, California Oct 2, 2005, Sunday, 4pm: Jazz Chez Hanny, Jessica Williams, a solo piano concert. Tickets $25. , doors open at 3:30pm. Where: Jazz Chez Hanny, 145 Fillmore, 1 block South of Haight St in San Francisco. Reservations 415 552 2729
  14. Willamette Valley Vineyards, Oregon, October 23, 2005, Sunday, 3:00pm: , The Jessica Williams Trio with Mel Brown drums, Dave Captein bass. $18 per person. Call 1 800 344 9463 for reservations | web sitenew window
  15. San Francisco, California Nov 3, 2005, Thursday, 8pm, The Piedmont Piano Company, $20 donation. Solo piano on a 10-foot Fazioli Grand. The Piedmont Piano Company, 660 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. Call 1 415 543 9988 for reservations or visit their web site at piedmontpiano.comnew window
  16. Watsonville, California Nov 20, 2005, Sunday, 7pm, The Henry J Mello Center, The Cabrillo College Distinguished Artist Series. Jessica Williams, solo piano - Tickets, reservations: 831 479 6331 or 831 656 9507 | web sitenew window

2004

  1. Jan 15, 2004, Seattle WA, EMP Theatre
  2. March 8, 2004, Albuquerque, NM The Outpost Performance Space Solo piano concert
  3. March 13, 2004, Des Moines, IA Sheslow Auditorium on the campus of Drake University. Visit web site
  4. Carmel, CA; The Jazz and Blues Company | April 17, 2004, a Saturday night, at 7:30 pm, a solo piano concert. Ph 831 624 6432 or fx 831 625 5598 reservations, $60 per person at The Jazz and Blues Company, 236 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel, CA
  5. Washington, DC; The Kennedy Center | May 14, 2004, a Friday night, 7pm, 'Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz' at the Kennedy Center. The Jessica Williams Trio with Victor Lewis and Ray Drummond. 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC. Tickets $28, ph 800 444 1324 or 202 467 4600
  6. Oakland, CA; Yoshi's | July 23, 24, 25, 2004, Fri, Sat, Sun nights, The Jessica Williams Trio with Victor Lewis and Ray Drummond. Yoshi's at Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607. Ph 510 238 4555, fx 238 4551
  7. Seattle, WA; The Triple Door | July 27, 28, 29, 2004, Tues, Wed, Thurs nights, The Jessica Williams Trio with Victor Lewis and Ray Drummond. The Triple Door, 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101. 206 838 4333 for reservations
  8. Princeton, New Jersey; The Jazzfeast | Sept 18, 2004, a Saturday afternoon, a solo piano concert at the Princeton Jazzfeast
  9. Beverley Hills in Los Angeles, Sept 26, 2004, a Sunday; solo piano concert, invitation only
  10. San Francisco, CA; Jazz Chez Hanny | Oct 3, 2004, a Sunday afternoon, a solo piano concert at 4pm, tickets $25. 145 Fillmore, 1 block South of Haight St, doors open at 3:30pm. 415 552 2729
  11. San Francisco, CA; Palace of Fine Arts Theatre | Oct 28, 2004, a Thursday 7:30pm, $24, $30, $38, ph 415 398 5655
  12. Stanford, CA; Stanford University | Oct 29, 2004, a Friday, 7:30 pm, solo piano concert at Campbell Recital Hall on the Stanford University campus
  13. Carmel, CA, Dec 11th, 2004, 7.30pm | Solo piano concert at The Jazz and Blues Company. Call 831 624 6431 for reservations | web site

2003

  1. January 9th, 2003, Seattle WA a Thursday, solo piano concert Seattle Art Museumnew window
  2. Ashland, Oregon March 8th, 2003 Solo piano concert, The Old Siskiyou Barn, $20 per person. mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com Ed Dunsavage at jazzbookings@aol.com
  3. Eugene, Oregon March 9th, 2003 solo piano concert, Willamette Jazz Society. Tickets $25 willamettejazz.orgnew window
  4. Bellingham, WA March 15th, 2003, solo piano, Whatcom Community College Heiner Center. mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com Jud Sherwood of The Jazz Projectnew window
  5. Olympia, WA March 16th, 2003 Solo piano concert. The Strad Room, Olympia, WA. Tickets $22 available through Becky Liebman
  6. Charleston, South Carolina June 6th and 7th, 2003 Solo piano $25. Albert Simons Center for the Arts, College of Charleston at Spoletonew window | read review
  7. Oakland, CA July 9th and 10th, 2003 with Ray Drummond on bass and Victor Lewis on drums. Yoshi's at Jack London Square
  8. Carmel, CA September 16th, 2003 Solo piano at The Jazz and Blues Companynew window Call 831-624-6431. Jessica celebrates Coltrane's birthday
  9. San Francisco, CA; October 5th, 2003, a Sunday afternoon at 4pm, Solo and Duo (Carol DeArmant on bass) at Frank Hanny's Performance Spacenew window $25 per person. Call 415-552-2729 or mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com
  10. Olympia WA November 7th, 2003 Olympia Unitarian Churchnew window
  11. Seattle WA November 8th, 2003 Solo piano at Barefoot, USA Jessica Williams courtesy of the Earshot Jazz Festival 2003new window
  12. Seattle WA November 9th, 2003 Solo piano at The Triple Door Jessica Williams courtesy of the Earshot Jazz Festival 2003new window

2002

2001

  1. Des Moines, Iowa December 9, 2001, solo piano. Jessica will play a solo piano concert to celebrate the 50th birthday of Des Moines, Iowa jazz fan, Abe Goldstien
  2. Boston, Mass Nov 16th, 2001, Performance with the Boston Musica Viva, scores written and arranged by Bernard Hoffer, conducted by Richard Pittman. The compositions of Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and Jessica Williams
  3. Seattle WA Oct 2nd through 7th, 2001 JAZZ ALLEY. Jessica, piano; Jeff Johnsonnew window bass, Eddie Marshallnew window drums. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Avenue, Seattle WA 98121 -Phone (206) 441-9729 | jazzalley.comnew window
  4. Carmel CA, The JAZZ and Blues Company, Sept 15, 2001
  5. Seattle WA August 3, 2001- Solo Piano in Seattle
  6. Ottawa, Canada July 14th, 2001 The Ottawa Jazz Festival. Trio performance, ottawajazzfestival.comnew window
  7. Medicine Hat Jazz Festival Canada June 28th, 2001. Call 403-529-4807 for details or see website at www.memlane.comnew window
  8. Calgary Jazz Festival Canada June 29th, 2001
  9. Edmonton Jazz Festival Canada June 30th, 2001
  10. Seattle Art Museum (SAM) January 11, 2001- 206-625-8900
  11. Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA January 29, 2001- Solo performance at at 320-2 Cedar St. (Santa Cruz, CA., 95060)
  12. Maybeck Studio in Berkeley, CA Feb 25th, 2001
  13. Boston, Mass. at Sculler's March 1, 2001- A one-nighter featuring Jessica on piano; Ray Drummond on bass; Victor Lewis on drums
  14. Campbell Recital Hall at Stanford University, Stanford, CA March 11, 2001 - Solo piano, call 650-736-0324 for details
  15. Cheshire, England May 19th, 2001 The Bridge Hotel, Prestbury, Cheshire, England
  16. Jersey, Channel Islands May 24th, 2001 The Arts Centre
  17. Dundee, Scotland May 25th, 2001 Dundee Jazz Festival

2000

  1. Billy Higgins Jazz Festival in Fresno, CA MARCH 31st 2000 -Trio (Mel Brown, drums, Dave Captein, bass)
  2. Old Church in Portland, Oregon APRIL 14th 2000, Tribute to Leroy Vinnegar
  3. Jazz Alley, Seattle WA May 7 2000 (Sunday) -Solo piano and trio -call 206-441-9729 for reservations and details
  4. Spivey Hall, Morrow Georgia June 24th 2000 Solo piano and trio. 707-961-3498 for details
  5. Gateshead, England July 7th- Gateshead Central Library Arts Centre
  6. Swansea, Wales July 8th- Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre, Singleton Road
  7. London, England July 11th- London, the Purcell Room
  8. Cheltenham, England July 12th- Cheltenham, Town Hall, Pillar Room
  9. Wigan, Lancs, England July 16th- Wigan International Jazz Festival, Wigan, Lancs
  10. Concert Hall, Music Building, California State University, Fresno Sept. 8th 2000 Solo piano, 559-278-4680
  11. Rosza Center in Calgary, Canada Sept 15th 2000 Solo piano, Friday, September 15, 2000 at Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall, Rozsa Centre University of Calgary
  12. Seattle, WA Sept 22 & 23 2000 Jazz Concert Series -Solo piano, 2 nights Fri & Sat evenings, Sept 22 & 23, 2000, in Seattle, WA. Call (206) 634-1179 for details, directions, and reservations
  13. Technology Building Auditorium, Salem, Oregon October 1st 2000- The Jessica Williams Trio, Sunday, Chemeketa Community College Technology Building Auditorium, Salem, Oregon - 503-399-2531
  14. Jazz Alley in Seattle WA November 14th & 15th 2000 -Trio at JAZZ ALLEY. Jessica, piano, Geoff Harper, bass, Jose Martinez, drums. Call 206-441-9729
  15. The Jazz Store in Carmel CA December 2nd 2000 Solo- visit their site at the jazz and blues companynew window or call 831-624-6431

1999

  1. Old Church, Portland, OR Jan 17 1999 - Solo piano, duo w/ Roger Kellaway
  2. Berkeley, CA Apr 7 1999 The Jazz School, 2375 Shattuck Ave - Solo piano
  3. Portland, OR Apr 9, 10 1999 The Riverplace Hotel- Trio w/ Dave Captein, bass; Ron Steen, drums
  4. Willamette Valley Vineyards, OR May 16 1999 - Trio
  5. Japan, South Korea May 23 thru June 8 1999 Japan Tour -'100 GOLD FINGER TOUR' sponsored by Fujitsu. With Kenny Barron, Cyrus Chestnut, Brad Mehldau, Benny Green, George Cables, Ray Bryant, John Lewis, Junior Mance, and Eric Reed. Symphony halls and opera houses from Tokyo to Fukuoka, ending in Seoul, Korea
  6. Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA June 15 thru 20 1999- Jessica w/ Jeff Johnson bass; Victor Lewis, drums, Gary Bartz, saxophones
  7. Stanford Jazz Piano Series, Stanford, CA June 27 1999 - Solo Campbell Recital Hall
  8. Calgary Jazz Festival (Canada) June 30 1999
  9. Edmonton Jazz Festival July 1 1999
  10. Port Townsend Jazz Festival, Port Townsend, WA July 23 1999 - Trio w/ Dave Captein, bass; Mel Brown, drums
  11. The Jazz Store, Carmel, CA Aug 7 1999. Solo piano Rahsaan's birthday
  12. Tour of U.K Oct 1 through 9 1999. Oct 1 through 5 1999 Pizza Express Jazz Spot, 10 Dean St., London
  13. England Oct 8 1999 Art Center, Darlington
  14. England Oct 9 1999 Central Library, Gateshead
  15. American River College, Sacramento, CA Nov 6 1999

1998

  1. Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA May 12 thru 17- Trio w/ Dave Young, bass; Ralph Penland, drums
  2. Monterey Aquarium, Monterey, CA June 13- Solo piano
  3. Jazz on the Hill, San Mateo, CA June 14, Solo piano
  4. Stanford Jazz Series, Stanford Campus, CA July 12-Solo piano
  5. Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Portland, OR July 19- Trio w/ Dave Captein, bass; Mel Brown, drums
  6. San Sabastian, Spain July 27 thru 29- San Sabastian Jazz Festival
  7. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA Aug 17- Solo piano
  8. The Jazz Store, Carmel, CA Sept 17
  9. Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA Sept 19
  10. Montreal Bistro, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Sept 29 thru Oct 3
  11. London, England Oct 20 thru Oct 24- Pizza Express Jazz Club, 10 Dean St. Wl., London. Solo piano (Bookings 0171 439 8722)
  12. Portsmouth, England Oct 26- The Menhuin Room, Central Library, Portsmouth, England. Solo piano. Tickets 010705 812397, 01705 730708
  13. Coventry, England Oct 28- The Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, England. Solo piano (Tickets 01203 524 524)
  14. Wigan, England Oct 31- Mill at the Pier, St. Thomas St., Wigan, England. Solo piano (Tickets 01942 825677 or at Jazz Club Sessions)
  15. Darlington, Devon, England Nov 1- The Arts Centre, Darlington, Devon, England. Solo piano (Tickets 01802 863073)

 

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