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March 24, 2018 1:00PM - March 24, 2018 3:00PM
Family Concert: Who is Mary Lou Williams?

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March 24, 2018 1:00PM


Rose Theater


Family Concert: Who is Mary Lou Williams?


Our Jazz for Young People series continues with an hour-long, interactive celebration of composer, arranger, and pianist Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981). Families will learn the inspiring tale of a young woman who realized her dreams through determination, imagination, incredible talent, and a famously big heart. Her music was truly as adventurous as her personality, and you will be fascinated to discover her influence on several generations of creative jazz musicians. In this fun concert experience, you will come to understand what made Williams' piano playing so special and entertaining. A professional player by age seven, Williams charged headfirst into the music world, outplayed her male contemporaries, and quickly emerged as a composer and arranger they simply needed to hire. By her early 20s, she was arranging music for Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman. Hosting this event is the energetic drummer LaFrae Sci – is a favorite leader in JALC’s education programs, a founder of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, and a charismatic musician acclaimed for her dedication to music education. Her passion and personality are infectious, and she’ll be leading a band with musical chops that will mesmerize children and adults alike.

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