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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 121 – Catholic Jazz Legend Mary Lou Williams

Dec 9, 2021

Mary Lou Williams: one of many excellent jazz pianists of all
time, composer, Catholic convert, visionary, performer of works of
mercy.

As a result of Williams’s profession lasted and her type tailored by
many adjustments in jazz from the swing period to the early Nineteen Seventies, and
as a result of she mentored two of jazz’s most influential figures (Bud
Powell and Thelonious Monk), this episode is a chance not
solely to dive into her life and music, however to be taught a bit about
jazz historical past extra usually.

Deanna Witkowski, herself a jazz pianist and Catholic convert,
has written a brand new biography of Williams, Mary Lou Williams:
Music for the Soul
, and performs Williams’s compositions
on her forthcoming album, Pressure of Nature.

Watch dialogue on YouTube: https://youtu.be/B31PwFU-FrY

Hyperlinks

Purchase Deanna’s e book and album: https://www.deannawitkowski.com/retailer

Musical tracks heard on this episode:

Mary Lou Williams: “Waltz Boogie”, “Walkin’ and Swingin'”,
“Evening Life”, “Holy Ghost” (composed by Larry Gales), “Autumn
Leaves” (composed by Joseph Kosma), “Aries”, “Taurus”, “Virgo”,
“Anima Christi”, “St. Martin de Porres”.

Excerpts from Bud Powell, “Cherokee” (composed by Ray Noble);
Thelonious Monk “Monk’s Dream”; Elmo Hope, “Eejah”.

Deanna Witkowski, “Intermission”, composed by Mary Lou Williams
and Milton Suggs, used with permission. From Deanna Witkowski’s
album Pressure of Nature. 

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