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Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981). American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. Williams wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements, and recorded more than one hundred records. Photo by William P. Gottlieb.

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from Brain Pickings

William Gottlieb’s Beautiful Vintage Photographs of Jazz Legends, from Billie Holiday to Louis Armstrong

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American jazz pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams (May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981). Grew up in East Liberty, playing piano as a child.

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Harlem 1958 jazz portrait - Some of the entertainers were: L-R: Marian McPartland, sonny Rollins (back) Lawrence Brown, Mary Lou Williams, Emmett Berry, Thelonious monk, Count Basie (seated), Vic Dickenson, Milt Hinton - Basie grew tired of standing, sat down on the curb and a group of kids followed him.

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Carline Ray, a pioneering jazz multi-instrumentalist and singer, circa 1940s. Ms. Ray, a member of the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm in the 1940s who played bass with luminaries like Mary Lou Williams, died on July 18th in New York...

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Mary Lou Williams, 1943

Mary Lou Williams (who arranged for Ellington's band) jams in Gjon Mili's studio, New York, 1943.

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The Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend -- a picture book biography of the famous jazz piano player and composer

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