The History of Jazz [visual art | kiotd]


{"The History of Jazz" by Mary Lou Williams}

Black Christ of the Andes (check it)

Mary Lou Williams is perpetually contemporary. Her writing and performing are and have always been just a little ahead throughout her career. . . . her music retains--and maintains--a standard of quality that is timeless. She is like soul on soul.
~Duke Ellington, Music is my Mistress, p.169



Wiki: 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 famed bandleaders as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie.

“You probably heard of the word `jazz.' It's all right if that is the way you understand or prefer it. We stopped using the word in 1943, and we much prefer to call it the American Idiom, or the Music of Freedom of Expression.”/////
~Music is My Mistress, p.309



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