Wednesday, March 17, 2010


American pianist and composer Jessica Jennifer Williams, was born on March 17, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland. She has has deep roots in jazz. She has been called "one of the top jazz pianists of today."

She began her music career young, taking piano lessons at the age of four and began classical training at the Peabody Conservatory of Music when she was seven. She moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during her teens and began playing with the quintet of Philly Joe Jones, the former Miles davis drummer.

In 1977, she moved to San Francisco, California, where she played in various house bands, such as for Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon, Tony Williams and Stan Getz. She also became the house pianist for Keystone Korner.

She recorded for Candid, Fantasy, Timeless, Concord, Jazz Focus, Hep and MaxJazz record labels. She began her own label in 1997, called Red and Blue Recordings, on which to release her own original material. She also owns her own publishing company, JJW Music, and runs her own Internet CD mail-order business,

She appeared at the 2004 and 2006 "Mary Lou Williams" Women in Jazz Festivals" at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

She currently resides in Washington.

Jessica plays "Body and Soul"

Reference - Wikipédia

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