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Mary Lou Williams

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He explained how ridiculous the clowning was, and there and then I decided to settle down and play seriously.

— Mary Lou Williams

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I have been tied up with music for about as long as I can remember. By the time I was four I was picking out little tunes my mother played on the reed organ in the living-room.

— Mary Lou Williams

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Offers for me to play dances, society parties, even churches, were now coming in regularly. For most dates I was paid the sum of one dollar per hour, and they always tipped me at the end of the night.

— Mary Lou Williams

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One way and another I was having a ball - playing gigs, jamming and listening to fine musicians. Then came a crisis at home. My stepfather fell sick, and it meant I had to support the family.

— Mary Lou Williams

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When Seymour saw me seated at the piano at that first rehearsal, he shouted: 'What's that kid doing here? Call your piano player and let's get started.'

— Mary Lou Williams

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Within a few hours I had them off, was about ready to play the shows. That night I opened, and during the week Harris was over to the house to talk my mother into letting me leave home.

— Mary Lou Williams

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Early years
Born as Mary Elfrieda Scruggs in Atlanta Georgia Mary Lou Williams grew up in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania one of eleven children. She accepted an appointment at Duke University as artist-in-residence (from 1977 to 1981) co-teaching the History of Jazz with Father Peter O'Brien and directing the Duke Jazz Ensemble. The group now known as Andy Kirk's "Twelve Clouds of Joy" relocated to Tulsa Oklahoma where Williams spent her free time transporting bodies for an undertaker.

Mary Lou Williams (May 8 1910 – May 28 1981) was an American jazz pianist composer and arranger. Williams wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78 45 and LP versions). Williams wrote and arranged for such bandleaders as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman and Mary Lou Williams was friend mentor and teacher to Thelonious Monk Charlie Parker Miles Davis Tadd Dameron Dizzy Gillespie and many others.

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