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Billie
Holiday

Cannonball
Adderley

Count
Basie

Charlie
Parker

Coleman
Hawkins

Miles
Davis

Quincy
Jones

Dizzy
Gilespie

Duke
Ellington

Sarah
Vaughan

JJ
Johnson

Herbie
Hancock

Thelonious
Monk

Mary Lou
Williams

Max
Roach

John
Coltrane

Louis
Armstrong

Eric
Dolphy

Charles
Mingus

Dexter
Gordon

Sidney
Bechet

Fats
Waller

Stanley
Clarke

Sonny
Rollins

Ornette
Coleman

Wes
Montgomery

Dinah
Washington

Ella
Fitzgerald

Ben
Webster

Lionel
Hampton

Cecil
Taylor

Jimmy
Smith

Lester
Young

Wynton
Marsalis

Jelly Roll
Morton

Jazz
Legends

Back One Mars Beat Artist - Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams

( 1910-1981 )

Starting as a virtuoso stride pianist in the 1920s, Mary Lou Williams, who achieved success as an arranger and soloist in the 1930s and early 1940s, mentored a generation of bebop giants (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk) and created a dazzling inventory of songs, recordings, and compositions. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, she headlined at leading clubs in the United States and abroad, and published her music through her own company, Cecilia Publishing Company. In 1973, a street was named for her in Kansas City.