Mary Lou Williams The Lady who Swings the Band

Interview with Carol Bash


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Do you know Mary Lou?

Here’s why you should…

She held her own in the rough and tumble world of Kansas City jazz in the 1930s.

She was a “go to” arranger for Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.

She mentored “young lions” like Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Tadd Dameron.

Photo: Left to right: Jack Teagarden, Mary Lou Williams on the piano, Tadd Dameron, and Dizzy Gillespie (in worshipful pose)

Click here for more information about Carol Bash’s film Mary Lou Williams The Lady who Swings the Band

Compositions/arrangements by Mary Lou Williams

“Roll ‘Em” – Benny Goodman Orchestra 

“Trumpets No End” – Duke Ellington Orchestra

“Oo-Bla-Dee” – Dizzy Gillespie Big Band

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