Primary Instrument: Piano
Pianist/composer Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family. Kate studied music at the University of East Anglia, and later attended the Guildhall School of Music’s postgraduate jazz course. Her debut CD ‘Sycamore Song’ was released to critical acclaim in 1999 on the Audio-B label. At the Post Office British Jazz Awards 2000, she received the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition. Kate’s second CD ‘Looking Out’ was released on 33 Records in March 2002. A trio CD ‘Scenes And Dreams’ was launched in September 2005 and was rated in the top ten jazz albums of that year by Mojo magazine. The material for her trio, quartet and quintet is rich and varied, including pieces by McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Lennie Tristano, and Mulgrew Miller, as well as original compositions. In addition to working with her own band (which features Canadian tenor player Steve Kaldestad), Kate has played with numerous names on the UK jazz scene, including Dave Cliff, John Etheridge, Bobby Wellins, Chris Biscoe, Matt Wates, Tim Whitehead, Tony Woods, Allison Neale, Julian Siegel, and Juliet Kelly. She currently teaches piano and jazz ensembles at Richmond Adult and Community College, London.