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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

As a result of Williams’s profession lasted and her fashion tailored by way of
many adjustments in jazz from the swing period to the early 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 somewhat 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, Drive of Nature.

Watch dialogue on YouTube:


Purchase Deanna’s guide and album:

Musical tracks heard on this episode:

Mary Lou Williams: “Waltz Boogie”, “Walkin’ and Swingin'”,
“Night time 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 Drive of Nature. 

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