Mary Lou Williams. Photo by William Gottlieb
For over half a century, Mary Lou Williams tirelessly persisted as a talented Black woman in the male-dominated field of jazz. A piano prodigy from the age of three, her profound intellect and artistry countered any doubt in securing her rightful place in the ranks of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and others for whom she wrote, arranged, and played. Music director Chris Pattishall leads Genius Mother Mary: A Sonic Retrospective of Mary Lou Williams
, an uplifting tribute to the fearless mother of jazz, on July 29 at 6:30 pm in an outdoor concert at Bard’s Montgomery Place Campus.