March, 5, 2014 at 7:30pm
With two weeks of stellar programming, Harlem Stage honors Mary Lou Williams (1910 – 1981), a seminal figure in the history of American jazz. Pianist, composer, arranger for such bandleaders as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others.
Kris Bowers, 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition Winner
Courtney Bryan, prolific and eclectic composer, pianist, and arranger
Gerald Clayton, award winning jazz pianist
Helen Sung, winner of the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Competition
Two grand pianos grace the stage of the Harlem Stage Gatehouse as these amazing next generation jazz pianists take command. Sit back and enjoy this special one-night performance of solos and duets drawing inspiration from the legacy of the legendary Mary Lou Williams.
Dig Deeper - To extend the Harlem Stage experience, join us for a post performance discussion with the artists.
Program Connections – A Conversation with Mary Lou: Geri Allen Celebrates Mary Lou Williams
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Video – Listen to Mary Lou Williams
Event Type: Music