Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band – Q&A
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band – Q&A after the screening
From child prodigy to “Boogie-Woogie Queen” to groundbreaking composer to mentoring some of the greatest musicians of all time, Mary Lou Williams never ceased to astound those who heard her play. But away from the piano, Williams was a woman in a “man’s world,” a black person in a “whites only” society, an ambitious artist who dared to be different, and who struggled against the imperatives of being a “star.” Above all, she did not fit the (still) prevailing notions of where genius comes from or what it looks like. Time and again, she pushed back against a world that said, “You can’t” and said, “I can.” It nearly cost her everything.
by Carol Bash, USA, 2015, 60min, documentary in Arabic/French with English subtitles