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Mary Lou Williams (May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. She was born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a very young child she taught herself to play the piano (her first public performance was at the age of six). She became a professional musician in her teens.

In 1930, she joined Andy Kirk's Twelve Clouds of Joy, of which her first husband, saxophonist John Williams… read more

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    One of the greats. Blazed the path for Monk, Tyner, Don Pullen, and many others.
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    Reading "The Life and Times of an American Original" about Thelonious Monk by Robin D.G. Kelley I first got to know her name. Glad I did. Great original music in different styles. A great name to add to my charts here !
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    Great diva!
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    Caught "Gloria" on my local jazz radio ( KCSM 91.1) and became a fan.
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    you know baby
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    free spirits
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    One of the greats.
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