Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band


Thursday, May 21, 2015
7:15 pm - 9:15 pm


“She is like soul on soul.” (Duke Ellington)

Mary Lou Williams (1910–81), whom Duke Ellington called “perpetually contemporary,” mastered forms from blues to boogie-woogie, stride to swing on the piano. When bebop came along, she adapted effortlessly, working with Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker. As a composer she wrote for the big bands and later created extended experimental works. This illuminating documentary, filled with tuneful archival footage, ranges over the life and career of a jazz woman to be reckoned with.

Q&A filmmaker Carol Bash will be interviewed by Tom Staudter, veteran music writer and regular contributor to Downbeat magazine.

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Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, 10570
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Times: 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm

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$15 - Nonmembers

Presenter: Jacob Burns Film Center
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Sponsored by: Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan
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