Mary Lou Williams (born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs; May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions).
Williams' career then took another turn in Kansas City, playing all the speak-easy clubs during the prohibition years.
Mary Lou Williams (May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. She was born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a very young child she taught herself to play the piano (her first public performance was at the age of six). She became a professional musician in her teens.
Mary Lou Williams – My First Date with You. 2:59. Andy Kirk – Walkin and Swingin. Mary Lou Williams and Group feat. Leon Thomas – You Know Baby feat Leon Thomas. Mary Lou Williams – For You. 1:48. Mary Lou Williams – Laughing Rag. 2:51. Mary Lou Williams – Timme Time. Mary Lou Williams – SYL-O-GISM. Mary Lou Williams – Mary Lou. 2:58. Mary Lou Williams – Leg n Lou.
While touring Europe in the early '50s, Mary Lou Williams made two separate recording trips to London. Each time she was paired with a different rhythm section. The common player on both dates was Tony Scott, who played bongos, thus appending both trios. The songs include standards, Latin tunes, and a few originals. Williams' canny meld of harmony, rhythm, and the use of empty space on Monk's "'Round Midnight" offers elegance without drawing from the wonderful strangeness of its melody. The second date features a considerably lesser known - but no less intuitive - rhythm section comprised of lesser-known drummer Tony Kinsey and bassist Lennie Bush.