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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: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Part 5: Terri Lyne Carrington

Read "A Different Drummer, Part 5: Terri Lyne Carrington" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In her 2003 Carnegie Mellon University paper Experience West African Drumming: A Study of West African Dance-Drumming and Women Drummers, Leslie Marie Mullins explains that drumming was explicitly the territory of male musicians in West Africa. Mullins reveals that several myths were employed to keep women and drums far apart. Among them, Ghanaian women were thought ...

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Article: Jazz & Juice

Restraint: Chianti Classico Meets Sonny Rollins

Read "Restraint: Chianti Classico Meets Sonny Rollins" reviewed by Kristen Lee Sergeant


Welcome to August's Jazz & Juice--I'm looking forward to diving into some new wine and music with you, moving from the Loire Valley and Mary Lou Williams (here's a link to the article, video, and podcast if you'd like to catch up) and into the world of Italy and one of jazz's greatest tenor saxophonists.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus A Centennial Birthday Shoutout For Guitarist Mary Osborne

Read "New Releases Plus A Centennial Birthday Shoutout For Guitarist Mary Osborne" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast opens with a centennial salute to guitarist Mary Osborne. Born in North Dakota, she came to prominence in New York City in the 1940s appearing with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk and Mary Lou Williams. Also presented are new releases from vocalists Samara Joy, Hilary Kole and violinist Diane ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chenin Blanc Meets Mary Lou Williams

Read "Chenin Blanc Meets Mary Lou Williams" reviewed by Kristen Lee Sergeant


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Video

Evolution: Mary Lou Williams Meets Chenin Blanc

Featuring the music of Mary Lou Williams
Duration: 7:20

In which we explore "Gloria" from Williams' mass, Domaine du Closel's remarkable chenin blanc, and talk about monks and versatility along the way.

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tony Tixier, David Larsen, Charlie Mariano, Miles Donahue and more!

Read "Tony Tixier, David Larsen, Charlie Mariano, Miles Donahue and more!" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 709th Episode of Neon Jazz with the talented Paris-based Tony Tixier with new material off his latest 2020 album I am Human. He has a history with many Kansas City musicians and is a great fit to begin a new episode featuring music from brilliant young cats. We also profile new music from ...

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Article: Jazz & Juice

Evolution: Chenin Blanc Meets Mary Lou Williams

Read "Evolution: Chenin Blanc Meets Mary Lou Williams" reviewed by Kristen Lee Sergeant


Welcome to July's Jazz & Juice--I thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the wilder side of winemaking and improvisation last month (here's a link to the article, video, and podcast if you missed it.) Now, we'll delve into two examples of great women in jazz and wine who will lead us on an inspiring and trailblazing journey ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases by Esperanza Spalding and Altoizm Plus A Jazz Celebration of the Songs of Joan Whitney

Read "New Releases by Esperanza Spalding and Altoizm Plus A Jazz Celebration of the Songs of Joan Whitney" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from bassist Esperanza Spalding, new group Altoizm (Greg Ward, Sharel Cassity, Rajiv Halim), flutist Ragan Whiteside and vocalists Queen Esther, Ann Hampton Callaway with birthday shoutouts to songwriter Joan Whitney (Candy, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickiens), trumpeter Carol Morgan, vocalists Lezlie Harrison and Mavis Staples, among others. Thanks for listening ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Pattishall: Zodiac

Read "Zodiac" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Per il suo debutto discografico Chris Pattishall ha scelto di reinterpretare la fondamentale e misconosciuta Zodiac Suite di Mary Lou Williams. Una prova che il pianista supera brillantemente alla guida del suo quintetto, in collaborazione col produttore Rafiq Bhatia. Nelle storie del jazz Mary Lou Williams viene ricordata soprattutto per le composizioni e ...


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