Kate Williams

Jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family (her father is the guitarist John Williams, her mother a classical pianist). A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer. She has released several previous CDs, each one to critical acclaim, including Made Up (with her septet) and Smoke And Mirrors (with tenor legend Bobby Wellins). Both were in Mojo magazine's top ten jazz albums in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Kate's latest album Atlas And Vulcana is a further reflection of her colourful originality as a pianist/composer/arranger. With pieces for trio, quartet and septet, this new release is an album of contrasts which features some of the finest musicians on the UK jazz scene: 

Kate was featured at the Pizza Express Steinway 2-Piano Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2013 (with Robin Aspland and Nikki Iles respectively), with two of the concerts being broadcast on Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up.

In March 2014, she and conductor William Goodchild co-founded Interplay Series: Bill Evans And The Impressionists, a project featuring new arrangements of Bill Evans tunes alongside works by Ravel and Debussy for trio and orchestra. The first two performances were at the Bristol International Jazz Festival and the Guildhall Jazz Festival. www.interplayseries.com

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”British pianist/composer Kate Williams makes the kind of jazz albums few younger players attempt these days, let alone pull off with such aplomb – full of graceful storytelling themes and uptempo swing, delicate piano breaks glowing with a Bill Evans hue, bebop horn solos over nimble walking grooves. This is an elegant set of originals for her classy septet, including the flute virtuoso Gareth Lockrane and powerful tenor saxist Alex Garnett. The memorable title track appears in both trio and septet versions, the former opening on an almost Maiden Voyage-like chordal undertow, before pursuing Williams’s patiently wayward melody

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

London

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Currently teaching at Middlesex University and Guildhall School Of Music And Drama.

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