Jessica Williams, jazz pianist, composer

Jessica Williams: Tour Dates, Projects

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Above: I play "I Remember Dexter", a tune I wrote for the great saxophonist Dexter Gordon

Performances and Events: 2016 through 2020

My back has healed better than expected. I walk, I talk, I look good, and I play the piano just as well as I used to. I am not the greatest jazz pianist (or the fastest), but my focus has always been on the audience and their emotional involvement in the Muse. I always enjoyed playing and writing songs that conveyed feelings rather than ego displays or pyro-technics. Music is color and beauty to me, all my dreams and longings for this reality — music speaks in a language my words can never touch.

I have now written close to 1000 pieces of music, all registered through ASCAP.

I am 68, do no drugs, do not drink or smoke, am fairly well-known, and can fly on an airplane. My new 2016 passport (my fourth one!) is empty. I'm now booking concerts for 2016, 2017, and beyond. My career will renew itself with the proper attitude. It's up to one person: me.

Send me an email or call me at 1 518 364 6398 and leave your name and phone number and a good time for me to call you.

Happiness. — Jessica, Jun 14 2016

 

2015

arrowWashington State House Concert at 7.30pm on Saturday evening, August 8th, 2015, in Seattle WA. At "Richard's Most Excellent Concert Series". This is a private invitation-only affair, so let us know soon as it will fill up fast. [ It filled up fast and was tons of fun. My foot only fell off the pedal twice (yes I have "drop-foot", a common malady with spine disorders . . . but only I noticed] I hope to do this again sometime in 2016.

 

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.

To all of you who have helped, "thank you" doesn't say enough. My next CDs, all of them, will be dedicated to you. Please donate if you can. I've had a great "career" so far (having worked at nothing else but playing piano since I was 4), but these have been my "sick-leave years". I am not done. I'm just healing and changing my life. Thank you for all of your on-going help. I'm getting ready! See more

 

2012

arrowSteinway Performance Space at Sherman Clay Pianos, January 7, 2012, Saturday at 7pm, all ages welcome, Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert, artist reception and CD signing following performance. Sherman Clay Pianosoff-site, 1624 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 - call 206 622 7580 for reservations

arrowBirthday #64: Jessica Williams' "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64off-site Concert" - Jessica's Birthday Concert, March 17th, 2012. On Saint Patty's Day, the same day that Nat King Coleoff-site was born. Jessica Williamsoff-site, Solo Piano Concert. Invitation only, all ages welcome, Seattle, WA area. Contact Jessica for reservations and information. (This was my last concert, followed by months of preparation and agony — and culminating in this)

arrowThe Big Gig: L4/L5/S1 cage-fusion - lumbar (lower) spinal surgery on July 25th, 2012 followed by "The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul". 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. There are others, mainly stress, lame musicians, and record producers . . . see video here

 

2011

arrowHouse Concert, March 5th, 2011, 7pm. Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. Invitation only, all ages welcome, Seattle, WA area. Contact Jessica for reservations and information. More about house concerts

arrowHouse Concert, March 19th, 2011, 6pm. Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. Invitation only, all ages welcome,in Bellevue, WA area. Contact Jessica for reservations and information. More about house concerts

arrowHouse Concert, June 6th, 2011, 6pm. Jessica Williams, Solo Piano Concert. Invitation only, all ages welcome,in Bellevue, WA area. Contact Jessica for reservations and information. More about house concerts

arrowIncreasingly disabled due to lumbar lordosis/scoliosis, pain makes performance impossible. Begin to lose renal function. July 25 2012 have cage fusion surgery with pedicle stabilization. Last 2 performances in 2012 studies in pain management and short short concerts.

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2010

arrowThe 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

arrowThe 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, email, or visit their web siteoff-site

arrowThe 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

arrowSteinway 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

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2004

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2003

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2002

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2001

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2000

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1999

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1998

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1963 to 1997: unrecorded on a web site. I hadn't built one yet. But I was playing all that time. I was born in 1948 and did my first "gig" at 15. You can do the math. I'm good with notes, not numbers.

 

 

 

Where she's played (a small sampling):

Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival (twice), Art Tatum Jazz Festival, and Piano Summit (twice) at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz (three times) at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall NYC, The Royal Festival Hall in London, Campbell Recital Hall at Stanford CA, Sheshlow Auditorium in Iowa, Spoleto Jazz Festival in SC, Duke University in Durham NC, North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Seattle Jazz Festival, West Canada Jazz Festival, Wigan Jazz Festival in UK, Norway's Molde Jazz Festival, Italy's La Spezia Jazz Festival, Bern Jazz Festival, Japan and South Korea for Fujitsu's 100 Gold Fingers, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Anacortes Jazz Festival in WA, Healdsburg Jazz Festival in CA, Ireland's County Cork Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival in Wales, Gateshead Art Centre in UK, Darlington Arts Centre in UK, Steinway Performance Space in Seattle WA, Jazz Alley and Triple Door in Seattle WA, Bimhaus in Holland, Domicil in Germany, most major festivals in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland. Plus the Reno Jazz Festival, The Boston Pops Musica Viva, Marin Center for the Performing Arts, Mendocino Music Festival, Great American Music Hall in CA, Cotati Jazz Festival in CA, Russian River Festival in CA, Keystone Korner in CA, Yoshi's and Kimball's in CA, Kuumbwa Jazz Center in CA, Spivey Hall in GA, New Morning in Paris, Art Hall in Santander Spain, Detroit Art Museum, San Jose Art Museum, SF Art Museum, War Memorial Hall in CA, Blues Alley in Washington DC, Lush Life in NYC, Mill at the Pier, Wigan UK, University of Warwick, Coventry UK, Central Library, Portsmouth UK, San Sabastian in Spain, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival in OR, Stanford Jazz Piano Series in CA, Calgary Jazz Festival, Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, and Edmonton Jazz Festival in Canada, Port Townsend Jazz Festival in WA, Rosza Center in Calgary Canada, Concert Hall, CSU in CA, Cheltenham Town Hall in UK, Swansea, Taliesin Arts Centre and Gateshead Central Library in UK, Dundee, Scotland Festival, Jersey, Channel Islands, many others here

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Notes from Jessica

For information about how to bring me to your city or town, you don't need to be a seasoned music promoter. It may even be preferable if you're not! Some of my finest, most artistically successful musical experiences come from playing private concerts in people's homes and private venues. Also, I'm available much more easily now for similar dates in the UK and the entire EU, as well as in the US and Canada." See complete information on Jessica Williams House Concerts

 

Booking Jessica Williams

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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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