Mary Lou Williams

Born 8 May 1910. Died 28 May 1981
Mary Lou Williams
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1910-05-08
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Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams Biography (BBC)

The first significant female composer and pianist in jazz, Mary Lou Williams was a child prodigy, who worked in and around Pittsburgh as Mary Lou Burley. In 1925, she went on the road with a revue, and the following year ended up marrying the show's bandleader and saxophonist John 'Bearcat' Williams. Their careers were inextricably intertwined in a series of show and territory bands, and then in the Clouds of Joy, led by Andy Kirk, for whom Mary Lou became arranger and pianist.

Her charts were novel, exciting and hard-swinging, with the professional edge of the born composer, and her playing added zest to what was sometimes a rather stodgy rhythm section. She left Kirk in the early 1940s, leading a band with her new husband, trumpeter Shorty Baker. When he joined Duke Ellington, Mary Lou ended up writing and arranging for Duke's band, but before long was leading her own groups at Cafe Society in New York.

She became something of a fixture there, and as well as working with a broad cross section of players from swing era giants like Benny Goodman to bebop pioneers such as Kenny Clarke, she made many discs of her own. In the 1950s she moved to Europe and briefly abandoned music as a career, but she returned to playing before the decade was out. During the 1960s and 70s she toured frequently, taught at various universities, and remained a regular participant in New York's jazz scene. She also wrote large scale orchestral works including her Zodiac suite and a Mass.

Mary Lou Williams Biography (Wikipedia)

Mary Lou Williams (born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs; May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions). Williams wrote and arranged for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, and Dizzy Gillespie.

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Overhand - New Froggy Bottom
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Overhand - New Froggy Bottom
Dizzy Gillespie
My Man
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My Man
Mary Lou Williams
Roll 'Em (Proms 2017)
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Roll 'Em (Proms 2017)

Roll 'Em (Proms 2017)

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Winston Rollins Big Band
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Jack Lawrence
What's Your Story, Morning Glory? (Proms 2017)
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What's Your Story, Morning Glory? (Proms 2017)
Mary Lou Williams
Trumpets No End/Blue Skies (Proms 2017)
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Trumpets No End/Blue Skies (Proms 2017)
Mary Lou Williams
Walkin' & Swingin'
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Walkin' & Swingin'
Mary Lou Williams
Swingin’ For Joy
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Swingin’ For Joy
Mary Lou Williams
Praise The Lord
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Praise The Lord
Mary Lou Williams
Roll' Em
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Roll' Em

Roll' Em

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Benny Goodman and his Band
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Virgo
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Virgo
Mary Lou Williams
Back to the blues
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Back to the blues
Mary Lou Williams
Why?
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Why?
Mary Lou Williams
It Ain't Neccesarily So
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It Ain't Neccesarily So
Mary Lou Williams
Anima Christi
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Anima Christi
Mary Lou Williams
Walkin' and Swingin'
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Walkin' and Swingin'

Walkin' and Swingin'

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Andy Kirk And His 12 Clouds Of Joy
Mary Lou Williams
In The Purple Grotto
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In The Purple Grotto
Mary Lou Williams
St Martin de Porres
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St Martin de Porres
Mary Lou Williams
Koolbonga
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Koolbonga
Mary Lou Williams
The History of Jazz
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The History of Jazz
Mary Lou Williams
Roll 'em
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Roll 'em
Irving Berlin
Blue Skies
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Blue Skies
Mary Lou Williams
Baby Dear
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Baby Dear
Mary Lou Williams
Clean Pickin’
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Clean Pickin’
Mary Lou Williams
Harmony Blues
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Harmony Blues
Mary Lou Williams
Mr Freddie Blues
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Mr Freddie Blues
Mary Lou Williams
Black Christ of the Andes
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Black Christ of the Andes
Mary Lou Williams
Harmony Grits
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Harmony Grits
Mary Lou Williams
Walkin' and Swingin'
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Walkin' and Swingin'
Mary Lou Williams
Lullaby Of The Leaves
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Lullaby Of The Leaves
Benny Goodman
Roll Em
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Roll Em

Roll Em

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Benny Goodman
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Mary Lou Williams Trio
Blues for Timme
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Blues for Timme
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