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Erroll Garner - 100% 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

Art Tatum - 92% 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

Shirley Scott - 91% 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

Red Garland - 89% 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

Stanley Turrentine - 84% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 April 1934, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 12 September 2000, New York City, USA. After playing cello Turrentine took up the tenor saxophone before reaching his teenage years. Born into a musical family (his father, Thomas Turrentine, played tenor with Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans, and his brother Tommy Turrentine was a proficient trumpet player), Stanley quickly beca Read more

Ahmad Jamal - 78% 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

Bud Powell - 78% 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

Earl Hines - 77% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s
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Tommy Flanagan - 77% 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

McCoy Tyner - 68% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Alfred McCoy Tyner, 11 December 1938, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Beginning in his early teens, Tyner studied piano formally for several years before joining the jazztet led by Benny Golson and Art Farmer in 1959. The following year he joined John Coltrane, with whom he had previously gigged in Philadelphia. He remained with Coltrane until 1965 in what became known as t Read more

Sonny Clark - 68% 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

Betty Carter - 67% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lillie Mae Jones, 16 May 1929, Flint, Michigan, USA, d. 26 September 1998, New York City, New York, USA. Growing up in Detroit, Carter sang with touring jazzmen, including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. In her late teens, she joined Lionel Hampton, using the stage name Lorene Carter. With Hampton she enjoyed a love-hate relationship; he would regularly fire her only to Read more

Barbara Carroll - 66% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Barbara Carole Coppersmith, 25 January 1925, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Carroll studied piano formally and in her early 20s became well known in New York playing bop with her own trio, which at one time included Charlie Byrd. Many leading bop musicians played with the group, finding Carroll’s good ears and technical virtuosity to be ideal accompaniment. Carroll play Read more

Bobby Hutcherson - 66% match to Mary Lou Williams

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 January 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA. After formal tuition on piano, Hutcherson switched to playing jazz vibraphone when he heard records by Milt Jackson. He worked briefly on the west coast then, in 1961, moved to New York, where he established himself as an inventive, forward-thinking musician. He played with many of the outstanding artists of the 60s, among them Read more

Fats Waller - 66% 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


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