Williams, Mary Lou

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10" 78-rpm recording of "The Count", an instrumental fox trot by Thomas Gordon, performed by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy.

10" 78-rpm recording of "Twelfth Street Rag", an instrumental fox trot by Euday L. Bowman and James Sumner, performed by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy.

10" 78-rpm recording of "Overhand (New Froggy Bottom)", an instrumental composition by Mary Lou Williams, performed by Mary Lou Williams, piano; Booker Collins, bass; Ben Thigpen, drums. Matrix number: 60878A; Catalog number: 3385 A.

10" 78-rpm recording of "Little Joe From Chicago", a fox trot with vocal ensemble by Mary Lou Williams and Henry Wells, performed by Andy Kirk And His Clouds of Joy featuring Mary Lou Williams on piano.

Photograph of Andy Kirk and the Clouds of Joy with Mary Lou Williams at the piano.

Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy posing on stage for a photo.

Mary Lou Williams and Andy Kirk looking over an arrangement of "Moten Swing" for Decca Records "Kansas City Jazz" album produced by Dave Dexter. Williams is playing the piano and Kirk is standing next to her, holding music in one hand and a drink in the other hand while looking down.

Mary Lou Williams

In a remarkably productive career that spanned a half century, Mary Lou Williams established herself as a pianist, composer, and arranger, an unprecedented feat that has remained an inspiration to women in jazz.

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