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Mary Lou Williams

Guide for jazz pianist, arranger, and composer Mary Lou Williams

Selected Readings

Buehrer, Theodore E. Mary Lou Williams: Selected Works for Big Band. Series: Music of the United States of America, Book 25. A-R Editions, 2013.


Dahl, Linda. Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams. New York: Pantheon, 1999.


Dance, Stanley. “An Afternoon with Mary Lou Williams.” (1964 interview) Jazz Journal International, October 1989: 8-10.


Fledderus, France. The Function of Oral Traditional Tradition in Mary Lou’s Mass by Mary Lou Williams. Master’s thesis, University of North Texas, 1996.


Griffin, Farah Jasmine. Harlem NocturneL Woman Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II. Basie Civitas Books, 2013. Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of Progressive Politics of English, Comparative Literature and African-American Literature at Columbia University surveys the lives and contributions of Mary Lou Williams, dancer and choreographer Pearl Prima , and novelist Ann Petry.


Hall, James Cameron. There is No Deed but Memory: African-American Antimodernism and the American Sixties. PhD dissertation, University of Iowa, 1992. Ann Arbor: UMI, 1992. 9318438.


Jelks, Randal. Faith and Struggle: The Lives of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver and Muhammed Ali. Bloomsbury Press, 2019.


Kaplan, Erica. The Lady Who Swings the Band: A Performance and Analysis of Six Works by American Pianist/Composer Mary Lou Williams. Master’s thesis, New York University, 1987.


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