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Pianist Jessica Williams remembered on Jazz Northwest

Pianist Jessica Williams
Jimmy Katz
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Pianist Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams was a unique artist with an evocative touch at the piano. She passed away March 12 at the age of 73. She was a restless person who was born in Baltimore, studied classical piano, and built her career as house pianist at Keystone Korner in San Francisco where she backed many different international soloists including Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz. She played major jazz festivals all over the world and spent her last two decades as a performer living in the Pacific Northwest. She received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, as Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. She performed frequently around the Pacific Northwest and this program will feature Jessica Williams playing solo, with trio and with groups in Portland, Victoria and Seattle.

Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. He was the host of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International from 1984-2014. Currently Jim has been producing Jazz Northwest for KNKX since 1988. This weekly program focuses on the regional jazz scene and frequently includes performances Jim records on location for Jazz Northwest.