Thursday, September 12, 2019

John Malveaux: Mary Lou Williams, Missionary Of Jazz

                 Jazz helped Mary Lou Williams stay alive — but after several draining decades as a musician, she quit the scene. When she returned, she claimed her true power as one of jazz's fiercest advocates.
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Please visit NPR interview of pianist Mary Lou Williams After Mary Lou Williams death, I contacted her manager, Father Peter O'Brien, who shared music scores and other archival materials with me. During a subsequent meeting with James Newton, composer/flutist, on staff at California State University, Los Angeles, I shared information about Mary Lou Williams and Father Peter O'Brien. Thereafter, James Newton was successful in developing a performance of Mary Lou Williams Jazz Mass at Disney Concert Hall.  See              

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