“It’s not what you play, it’s how you play it.”-Mary Lou Williams, American Pianist

Mary Lou Williams was the most important female jazz musician to emerge in the first three decades of jazz. William’s multidimensional talents as an instrumentalist, arranger, and composer made her a star from her earliest days and, over the long haul, an equal to any musician successful in those endeavors. Her longevity as a top-flight jazz artist was extended because of her penchant for adapting to and influencing stylistic changes in the music.” (http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/ijs/mlw/intro2.html)

Mary Lou Williams was born 103 years ago today.

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