She was tagged as the "Little Piano Girl" at 15, found her way to several bands until her work and talent were recognized worldwide.
Mary Lou Williams was adored by her contemporaries for her jovial spirit, artistic excellence, and resilience. Her huge collection of work and performances evoke remarkable musical talent and endurance being in an era where black music was being looked down on, especially for a budding female artist.
On her stardom, Mary Lou set up multiple charitable organizations across Harlem for underprivileged musicians and taught jazz to school children.
She was a beautiful soul that even after her death, earned a lot of recognition and citations all over the country. “Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture” was established by Duke University in North Carolina. An annual “Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival” is held at The Kennedy Center since 1996, and the list goes on.
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