Mary Lou Williams
1910 - 1981
Tremendously gifted, Mary Lou Williams fully deserved the status of "First Lady Of Jazz Piano". She begins the piano very early by rubbing against popular rags and songs of the twenties, and she quickly built a reputation among the greatest jazzmen from that time. She was also a talented composer and arranger who worked with Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington
His style evolved with the arrival of bebop, and Mary Lou worked with young and promising musicians such as Thelonious Monk et Dizzy Gillespie.
As the first female soloist to join the ranks of jazz legends, she inspired respect from his peers throughout her career.
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