Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mary Lou Williams (1919 - 1981)

Mary Lou Williams (1910 – 1981) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. Williams wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements, and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions). Williams wrote and arranged for such bandleaders as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. 
Mary Lou Williams
An interview with Mary Lou

Born Mary Elfreida Scruggs in Atlanta, Georgia on May 8, 1910.

Listen Here Mary Lou Williams (1927-1940)