Williams, Mary Lou

Williams, Mary Lou (b. Mary Elfrieda Scruggs)

(1910–81) jazz musician; born in Atlanta, Ga. She was an important arranger and pianist with Andy Kirk from 1929–41, and wrote arrangements for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman in the 1930s and 1940s. She later embraced the bebop style and wrote several sacred works, including "Mary Lou's Mass" in 1970.
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