Kate Williams


Kate Williams Trio
Kate Williams - piano
Oli Hayhurst - double bass
Tristan Mailliot - drums

Jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family (her father is a classical guitarist, 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.

Kate has released six CDs, each one to critical acclaim. Her trio CD Scenes And Dreams (2005) was rated in the top ten jazz albums that year by Mojo magazine, and The Embrace (2008) displayed her rich and sonorous quintet writing, featuring Canadian tenorist Steve Kaldestad, and award-winning flautist Gareth Lockrane.

In 2011, her septet CD Made Up, featuring several of the UK’s leading players including trumpeter Steve Fishwick and saxophonist Julian Siegel, was rated in the Top Ten Jazz Albums of the Year by Mojo magazine. Kate’s septet was one of three bands to be nominated for ensemble of the year at the 2012 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Made Up is a striking summation and reflection of Kate Williams' singular gifts. With trio, quartet and quintet albums behind her, she stretches to a seven-piece for her fourth album and the expanded palette of sounds is a thrilling vehicle for her evolving and unusual musical imagination. She deftly exploits the timbral possibilities of Gareth Lockrane's flute, Julian Siegel's bass clarinet, Ben Somers' tenor saxophone and Steve Fishwick's trumpet on a series of witty, eccentric charts, full of enchanting compositional twists and fertile arrangement ideas. The set ranges from the almost comically quirky Climbing Up Falling Down and the elegiac Untitled Peace Piece to the twisted samba For Eliane and the epic title track. The playing is first-class throughout with drummer Tristan Mailliot particularly in tune with every nuance of Williams' tumbling invention.”
**** Chris Ingham, Mojo, September 2011

In July 2012, Kate released Smoke And Mirrors, a live duo recording with Scottish tenorist Bobby Wellins. This was the result of a five-year collaboration during which the pair performed numerous duo and quartet gigs together. Much of the material on the album is co-written.

Kate has performed frequently at the major London jazz venues, most notably at Ronnie Scott’s Club (where her quartet appears regularly at the ‘Late Show’), and at Pizza Express where she has played with her trio, quintet, and septet. She featured at the Steinway Two-Piano Festival (at Pizza Express) in 2010, 2011 and 2012 with Robin Aspland and Nikki Iles respectively. Two of the concerts were broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up.

Kate is a member of Chris Biscoe’s Mingus Moves, has recorded with vocalists Georgia Mancio (for whom she has also composed and arranged) and Juliet Kelly, as well as performing with many other leading UK artists including Stan Sulzmann, Karen Sharp, John Etheridge, Anita Wardell, and Jim Mullen. Kate is also a member of Way Out West, a collective of jazz composers (including Tim Whitehead, Chris Biscoe, Tony Woods, Pete Hurt, Tony Kinsey) which has been running regular gigs in West London for over eight years. She also teaches on the jazz degree courses at the Guildhall School of Music and the University of Middlesex.