Jessica Williams is a well-known and highly respected pianist and composer
who has deep roots in the Jazz Tradition. The two-time Grammy Nominee
was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and classically trained at the Peabody
Conservatory of Music. In her teens, Jessica moved to Philadelphia and began
playing with the great Philly Joe Jones, drummer for the Miles Davis Quintet.
Later, she moved to California, where she played in the bands of Eddie
Dexter Gordon, Tony Williams, Stan Getz, Big Nick Nicholaus, Airto and
Charlie Rouse, John Abercrombie, Charlie Haden, Leroy Vinnegar, and others.
She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; a
Rockerfeller Grant for composing; the Alice B