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Jessica Williams

Due to her being based in northern California, Jessica Williams is a bit underrated, but (on evidence of her sets for Jazz Focus and Hep) she is one of the top jazz pianists of today. Williams is a powerful virtuoso whose complete control of the keyboard, wit, solid sense of swing, and the influence of Thelonious Monk have combined to make her a particularly notable player. She started taking piano lessons when she was four and was gigging as a teenager. Williams took extensive classical lessons but also gigged with Philly Joe Jones in Philadelphia before moving to San Francisco in 1977. She was the house pianist at Keystone Korner for a time and made a few interesting recordings (some as Jessica Jennifer Williams) during the period, sometimes utilizing electronics. Although she appeared on Charlie Rouse's final record and gigged steadily, Williams was largely off record (outside of her own private Quanta label) until re-emerging in the late '80s as a brilliant solo acoustic player. She is a giant whose many dates for Jazz Focus (five of its first ten releases feature Williams) and Hep are consistently brilliant. ~ Scott Yanow
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rffian73
Like no other. Brilliant!
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Still loving you Jess
After all these years.
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ginneydavids o n
I have not run across Jessica Williams either. She's wonderful.
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jazzdadman
I JUST LOVE !!!!! JESSICA WILLIAMS, this lady definitely has it going on..
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prsfmail-man
You know, i've lived in SF for decades and have been aware of Jessica's piano talents but have not yet heard her live and in person. After listening to her intently and enjoying what she does with each tune she plays i would rush out to hear her the next chance that comes my way. Have become very fond of her playing. Thankyou Jessica!
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herbwilliams 1
Love Jessica's lite and fluid style. Delightful!! ! Herb Williams
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fantastic. i would love to see her live!
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She has a subtle, authoritativ e touch.
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dgordon3626
Absolutely wonderful, intelligent, emotional, playful, and engaging works. I have been enjoying her music for a few years now, having discovered her via my local jazz station KBEM. Her live at Yoshi's Volume 2 is my favorite, truly moving music. Thanks, Pandora.
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This lady's sound and expression is a delight! Glad Pandora introduced me to her!
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First time I heard her. She's great and reminds me of Bill Evans, but he is still without equal.
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Still wondrous ..
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pattygrigs
On top of women piano players by far.
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rffian73
No one like her. Not even Bill Evans.
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Evansesque. Nuff said. Wishing her complete recovery and the comfort her music provides her lucky listeners!
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Unique; the best jazz artist on Pandora. Get well soon, Jessica.
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When Ms Williams plays, I can hear the Monk influence also a touch of Bill Evans x
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meloniusfunk 8 8
Used to see her in Sacramento in a little club in the 80s. Always jaw dropping ! Seen her at Yoshi's more recently. Brilliant. Will contribute happily to her recovery.
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Fantastic... w o w
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strealt
Never heard of her before & after hearing her play here on Pandora fell in love with her talent immediately! . went on her site and found out she just had serious spinal surgery & needs help (which I will contribute). maybe if anyone out there could do the same. go to her site and all the info is there. (http://www. j e s s i c a w i l l i a m s . c o m / d o n a t i o n s / i n d e x . h t m l ) Thank you Pandora for the exposure of her and letting me know her.
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Unique chords, delightful to listen to. Trust your health is improving.
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I just discover Jessica Williams..I enjoy listening to her play. Listening to her play calms and relaxes me. Thank you pandora allowing me to discover such artist like Jessica.
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chris2429
What does this mean: Due to her being based in northern California, Jessica Williams is a bit underrated.. . ? You've got to be from NYC to be rate? Her great music shows that NorCal is where it's at.
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Very fine discovery due to Pandora. Had to get it as soon as I heard it.
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Like no other. She tells in way ,like storytelling sounds. A.M.O.R.C. Student. San Jose California.
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sglloyd7
Jessica needs some help right now!!!!

She is accepting donations to get her through a year long healing process from extensive back surgery....
PayPal is all set up, very fast & easy to give back a little to such a jazz great...
EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS FOLKS.....
If 500,000 compassionat e jazz lovers gave a buck well you get it!!!
PEACE & LOVE
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i just became a fan and she's unbelievable . i love her style, that's why i love pandora it has open my harizon as far as jazz artist i never knew. thanks pandora!
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shellman81
Thanks Pandora, a new piano jazz artist to love !
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Where has she been all my life, or visa versa!
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Amen. Wonderful!
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holen62
Beautiful music! I love Pandora.
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She is amazing!
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poppa_bear49
Jessica...I want to be the father of your children. Never stop Playing
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Here is yet another example of the success of Pandora. Like many others who made comments, this artist was found because of my own radio station. Comparing her to Dave Brubeck, arguably the most influential musician in my life, is only right and proper. While some of her electronic music is somewhat generic, Jessica's more mainstream jazz shows a gift and a talent little recognized. A few clicks later and I've not only given her a thumbs up on Pandora, but bought an album at iTunes. Well done!
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Truly a magnificant PIANIST. I can listen to her everyday. I THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU DO. 'Jazz is' because of musicians such as Jessica Williams.
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Wow, she came up on my Bill Evans station, and she's wonderful! Beautiful touch, great skill, what a musician!
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122183710
I fell in love with her the first time I heard her; she reminded me on my mother in her ascension. Mother dear was a headliner back in the 30's when bootleg booze and speakeasies marked the in crowd. Daddy was a vice cop and uncle Bookie ran a bar in Coney Island...tho s e were the days and this dear performer does for some reason force me to revisit such memories.
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Discovered her on Pandora ....She is amazing
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Perhaps she is a master ! I am so proud of her .
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mmccorklejr5
Great with gazpacho :)
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Beautiful
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i love her.
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smooth and kool and great technique
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Mood Indigo from Arrival just played on my "Oscar Peterson" station. Riveting and lovely!
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The reason I cry for missing that piano at age 4 - what a style and obvious sense of what makes a person move at the sound of jazz... Whoa!
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swf177
A true master of the keys, one of the best.
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west coast groove not good enough? I think that's funny.
Lovely music all the same- round the world, east or left coast...Yosh i ' s . . . E n r i c o ' s . . . a h how I miss them...
jazz is
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bobcisneros
A nice touch on the keyboard.
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Thanks to Pandora for the introduction . Very Nice.
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easy on the ear
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