Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz

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Country and Region United StatesWashington, D.C.
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Washington, D.C. USA
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Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566 USA
Phone: (01) 202-416-8000

Festival Description

The Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival presents a showcase the world’s most acclaimed female jazz artists. One of the first ladies of jazz, Mary Lou Williams made some of the boldest sounds of all. She began as Pittsburgh’s “little piano girl” and became one of the most durable forces in jazz. Creating and performing some of the genre’s greatest tunes—from boogie-woogie and blues to impressionism, bop, and beyond—she played alongside other legends: Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk. As a pianist, composer, arranger, teacher, mentor, and humanitarian, Mary Lou left her mark on nearly every aspect of jazz, defying gender, race, and category with her wide-ranging gifts. This festival is a tribute to great women jazz artists.

Festival Dates May 23 - 24, 2014
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  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    Washington, D.C. USA


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