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Stage Introduction, for presenters and masters-of-ceremonies, to introduce Jessica Williams to the audience (either read verbatim or for use as an outline)
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Jessica Williams is a well-known and highly respected American pianist and composer.
DAVE BRUBECK calls her "One of the greatest pianists I have ever heard..."
McCOY TYNER says "Jessica is a beautiful player..."
ALUN MORGAN of Gramophone calls her "The most important pianist to arrive since Bill Evans."
This three-time Grammy Nominee is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
In her twenties she worked with the great Philly Joe Jones, drummer for the Miles Davis Quintet. She has also played in the bands of Eddie Harris, Tony Williams, Stan Getz, Big Nick Nicholaus, Airto and Flora Purim, Charlie Rouse, John Abercrombie, Leroy Vinnegar, Charlie Haden, Red Mitchell, Bobby Hutcherson, and others.
She has released over 75 albums and written over 350 compositions. 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.
She holds a Fellowship with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
She has received The ASCAP-PLUS AWARD for distinguished contributions in the areas of composition and performance, yearly for the past 21 years.
During the last four decades, Jessica has recorded for Adelphi, Clean Cuts, Jazz Focus, Candid, Concord, Landmark-Fantasy, Timeless, Maxjazz, and Origin Arts. She also owns her own publishing company, JJW Music, owns her own successful CD company called Red and Blue Recordings, and runs her own successful Internet business, jessicawilliams.com.
She's been a guest on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and on Marian McPartland's Piano Show. She's written scores for PBS and HBO and has played everywhere from The Kennedy Center to the Opera House in Tokyo.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Miss Jessica Williams.