Jordan with international recording performer, Jason Moran

Jordan  Williams

M.S. Regulatory Biomedical Engineering Candidate

B.S. May 2017, Biomedical Engineering

Minor, Jazz Studies

​Presidential Scholar for the Arts (one of only 15 Presidential Arts Scholars in 2017 Class;

Only Presidential Scholar admitted to SEAS 2017 class.

Jordan Williams, Panelist 



Hosted by Congressman Conyers

​September 15, 2016

"Otolaryngologist Charles Limb, ... believes his studies of the           brain “on jazz” could ultimately lead to improved treatment for hearing loss."

"Music on the Mind" by Nick Zagorski

Terrence Blanchard,

The 2016 KENNEDY CENTER Betty Carter Jazz Residency, Washington, D.C.

Fellow jazz musician and TED Conference presenter, Dr. Charles Limb, discussed the brain’s function during musical improvisation, positing  that the medial prefrontal cortex is responsible for the creative spontaneous thought in jazz improvisation.   Using his scientific training, Dr. Limb endeavors to explain what I do...

While pursuing my desire to study biomedical engineering, I have also enjoyed many accomplishments as a classical and jazz pianist.  Here are just a few:

  • Apollo Theater (NY) “Kid Star of Tomorrow”,  age 12
  • TED Conference Performer,   age 16
  • Berklee College of Music, 5 Week Summer Program with Terri Lyne Carrington - full scholarship, 2012 & 2013
  • Grammy Band Finalist, 2012
  • National Young Arts Winner 2013 and 2014
  • The George Washington University Presidential Scholar of the Arts, 2013 - present
  • The Kennedy Center Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency, March 2016

What makes me UNIQUE?

​For more information, please feel free to Google

"Jordan Williams Jazz"

or search "Jordan Williams Jazz" on YouTube.

Panelists included:

Cedric Hendricks, Moderator

Aaron Meyers/Herb Scott, DC Jazz Lobby

B.J. Brown, Richmond Jazz Society

Omrao Brown, Bohemian Caverns

Barbara Grubbs, B & C Productions,    Baltimore, MD

Robin Bell-Stephens, JAZZMOBILE,  NY 

Winard Harper, International recording artist

Larry Ridley, Composer, Bassist, Bandleader

Jimmy Owens, trumpeter, Jazz Foundation of America

Jordan Williams, Pianist, composer, performing artist, former student - CLEF CLUB of JAZZ AND PERFORMING ARTS (Philadelphia, PA)

      Amidst international competition, I was chosen as one of twenty-four young musicians throughout the world, to participate in the Kennedy Center Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency  in Washington, D.C.  

TED Conference House Band, Long Beach, CA.

Age 15, paying homage to jazz beginnings at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts. Studied there from age 7 thorugh 18.  

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This is truly  "music" for a biomedical engineer's ears!

Performance with world renowned pianist, Vijay Iyer.

Introductory Speaker and Performer at George Washington University "POWER AND PROMISE" Dinner for GW Donors and Notable Guests.  Pictured with GW President, Stephen Knapp.

and Cyrus Chestnut.

Jordan at age 16

Mentored  by  international recording performers - Jason Moran, 

Jordan proudly represented the PHILADELPHIA CLEF CLUB of JAZZ & PERFORMING ARTS -

in appreciation for his many years of formative music training and education. 

Biomedical Engineer & Musician? 

A strange dichotomy? 

I think not…