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Mary Lou Williams

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Imagine a pianist playing concerts with Benny Goodman and Cecil Taylor in successive years (1977-78). That pianist was Mary Lou Williams. In a career which spanned over fifty years Mary was always on the cutting edge.

She was born Mary Scruggs in 1910 Atlanta. Her mother was a single parent who worked as a domestic and played spirituals and ragtime on piano and organ. At age three Mary shocked her by reaching up from her mother's lap to pick out a tune on the keyboard. Rather than hiring a teacher (for fear the child would lose the ability to improvise) Mary's mother invited professional musicians to their home

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Article: Album Review

Angelica Sanchez: Sparkle Beings

Read "Sparkle Beings" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


A famous philosopher once said “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." This is something of a problem for a reviewer. If the music is stunning—unexpectedly so—then the logical thing is to simply write that. But then it is possible to end up end up well out of one's depth. If the ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Six of the Best

Read "Six of the Best" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here are some thoughts on six recent quality jazz releases of varying types. Malcolm Earle Smith Vocal Intent Self Produced 2022 British musician Malcom Earle Smith is a trombonist by trade but on this album, he confines himself to vocals with pleasing results. His light, swinging voice ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Festival Season: From Newport to the North Sea

Read "Festival Season: From Newport to the North Sea" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a survey of recordings from jazz festivals past and present: Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, Montreux Jazz Festival & Jazz Festival Willisau in Switzerland, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Essen Jazz Festival in West Germany, Festival of Improvised Music in France, East-West Festival in Nuremberg Germany, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the ...

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News: Education

Learn About More Jazz Giants this fall online at Rutgers Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Course: More Giants of Jazz Wednesdays, September 7 through October 12 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No class is scheduled for October 5. Course code: RV42 Class Size: Medium Member: $50 / Non-Member: $75 This course includes all new jazz giants! Each class will focus on jazz legends, someone ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mary Lou Williams, Sheila Jordan & CeCe Gable

Read "Mary Lou Williams, Sheila Jordan & CeCe Gable" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The voice and range of Reno-based veteran jazz singer CeCe Gable kicks off the 760th Episode of Neon Jazz with music from her new album Next Year's Song. We follow that up with music from an inspiration to many in the jazz world, Sheila Jordan and a song from Live at Mezzrow. More music from talents ...

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Article: Album Review

Nikos Chatzitsakos: Tiny Big Band!

Read "Tiny Big Band!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Bassist Nikos Chatzitsakos' Tiny Big Band, formed in 2018, is basically a nonet with vocalist Lian Zac added on three of the album's eleven tracks, trumpeter Robert Mac Vega-Dowda sitting in on five, vibraphonist Vid Jamnik on four, guitarist Gianmarco Ferri on two. The accent is on straight-ahead contemporary jazz, exemplified by seven standards from the ...

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Article: Album Review

Alex Hamburger: And She Spoke

Read "And She Spoke" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The debut album from flautist Alex Hamburger is a strong addition to the growing number of jazz albums drawing inspiration from the work and lives of prominent female artists. She plays here the compositions of several women composers, Geri Allen, Mary Lou Williams andJoni Mitchell, and sets her own music to the words of authors Toni ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Happy Birthday to Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother

Read "Happy Birthday to Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates Mothers Day featuring music by several notable jazz mothers and their children, plus new releases from pianists Yelena Eckemoff, Ariane Racicot, Alberto Pibiri and Jeremy Siskind, vocalists CeCe Gable and Tierney Sutton, with birthday shoutouts to Mary Lou Williams (a formidable Jazz Mother on so many fronts). Thanks for listening and please support ...

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Article: Album Review

Deanna Witkowski: Force of Nature

Read "Force of Nature" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Pianist Deanna Witkowski has been studying the life and work of pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams for twenty years. This has resulted in her writing a biography of the artist, Mary Lou Williams; Music For The Soul (Liturgical Press, 2021) and making this companion album of her interpretations of Williams' music. Working in ...


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