Mary Lou Williams Similar Artists

Eddie Jefferson - 100% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edgar Jefferson, 3 August 1918, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 9 May 1979, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Beginning his showbusiness career as a dancer and occasional singer, Jefferson gradually concentrated on his latter talent. After achieving limited success, as a scat singer in the mid- to late 40s, Jefferson was largely responsible for the creation of so-called ‘vocalese’ Read more

Erroll Garner - 63% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Erroll Louis Garner, 15 June 1921, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 2 January 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. A self-taught pianist, Garner played on the radio at the age of 10 and within a few more years was playing professionally in his home town. Among the bands with which he played during this period were those led by Leroy Brown and, reputedly, Fate Marable. In 194 Read more

Ahmad Jamal - 62% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Fritz Jones, 2 July 1930, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. A professional pianist from before his teenage years, Jamal (who changed his name in the early 50s) managed to break through to a wider audience than most jazz artists. His trio work produced many excellent recordings and his accompanists included Israel Crosby. The most influential of his advocates was Miles Davis, wh Read more

Red Garland - 61% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William M. Garland, 13 May 1923, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 23 April 1984, Dallas, Texas, USA. Garland turned to the piano in his late teens, having earlier studied and played reed instruments. Although initially inspired by mainstream artists, he moved into bebop in the late 40s, accompanying Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and others while still playing regularly with musicians s Read more

Earl Hines - 60% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s
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Fats Waller - 59% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Jazz Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Wright Waller, 21 May 1904, Waverley, New York, USA, d. 15 December 1943, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Influenced by his grandfather, a violinist, and his mother, Waller was playing piano at students’ concerts and organ in his father’s church by the time he was 10 years old. In 1918, while still in high school, he was asked to fill in for the regular organist Read more

Art Tatum - 58% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 October 1909, Toledo, Ohio, USA, d. 5 November 1956, Los Angeles, California, USA. Born into a musical family, Tatum was handicapped from birth by impaired sight. Blind in one eye and only partially sighted in the other, he nevertheless studied piano formally and learned to read music. By his mid-teens he was playing professionally in Toledo. He played briefly in the Spee Read more

Sonny Clark - 58% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Conrad Yeatis Clark, 21 July 1931, Herminie, near Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 13 January 1963, New York City, New York, USA. An underrated piano genius of the hard-bop era, Clark cast a glorious ray of sunshine over some of the Blue Note Records label’s most memorable sessions. Art Tatum, one of his childhood heroes, and Count Basie, whose big band radio broadcasts Read more

Kenny Barron - 54% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kenneth Barron, 9 June 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After studying piano as a child, Barron began playing professionally when still in his early teens. Performing first in R&B bands, he began to concentrate on jazz, and in the late 50s and early 60s played briefly with Philly Joe Jones and Yusef Lateef. From 1961, he was resident in New York, playing with James Read more

Shirley Scott - 53% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 March 1934, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 10 March 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Although she had studied both piano and trumpet as a child, Scott’s breakthrough occurred when she switched to organ in the mid-50s. Mostly working in small groups with a saxophone leader and a drummer, she became very popular. Her musical associates included outstanding j Read more

Abbey Lincoln - 52% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Anna Marie Wooldridge, 6 August 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Lincoln began singing publicly in the early 50s, working in Chicago nightclubs and using a variety of pseudonyms, including Anna Marie and Gaby Lee, as well as her real name. By the middle of the decade she was using the name by which she has since been largely known. She appeared successfully at the Moulin Rouge Read more

Brad Mehldau - 52% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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23 August 1970, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Mehldau began playing piano at a very early age, taking formal lessons from the age of six. While at Hall High School in Hartford, Connecticut, he played in the school’s popular and noted jazz band. Mehldau attracted attention by winning a competition sponsored by the Berklee College Of Music. Although he studied classical mus Read more

Bud Powell - 52% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Earl Rudolph Powell, 27 September 1924, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 July 1966, New York City, New York, USA. After learning to play the piano in the classical tradition while still a child, Powell began working around New York’s Coney Island, where he played in a band featuring Valaida Snow around 1940. During the next couple of years he became a regular Read more

Tommy Flanagan - 52% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 March 1930, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 16 November 2001, New York City, New York, USA. Flanagan began playing piano as a child, following a brief flirtation with the clarinet. His professional career began during his teenage while he was still living in his home town, then a thriving centre for bop. He worked with numerous visiting musicians, impressing them with his ecle Read more

Benny Golson - 50% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 January 1929, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After receiving tuition on the piano as a child, Golson began playing tenor saxophone professionally in 1951 in Bullmoose Jackson’s R&B band. It was here that he first met Tadd Dameron, who had a great influence upon his writing. In the early and mid-50s he played in bands led by Dameron, Lionel Hampton and Earl Bost Read more


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