MARY LOU WILLIAMS
May 08, 1910 - May 28, 1981
Mary Lou Williams (born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs)was an American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions). Williams wrote and arranged for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Famous Song: Froggy Bottom
Documentary: Jazz on the Tube interview with Carol Bash about Mary Lou Williams