Mary Lou Williams in Pittsburgh - early 20th Century

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 248:

And there was usually something worth hearing in town those days, even if Pittsburgh was not one of the jazz centers. One Saturday night I went to a theatre on Frankstown Avenue where all the Negro shows were booked. But I hardly noticed any part of this show, for my attention was focused on a lady pianist who worked there. She sat cross-legged at the piano with a cigarette in her mouth, writing music with her right hand while accompanying the show with her swinging left! Impressed, I told myself, "Mary, you'll do that one day." (And I did, traveling with Andy Kirk's band in the 'thirties …   more >>
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Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro, Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It (London, 1992), p. 248. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435413285689 accessed: 8 December, 2021

location of experience: Pittsburgh

Listeners

Mary Lou Williams
jazz pianist, Composer, Pianist
1910-1981

Listening to

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blues piano music performed by Lovie Austin
blues singing, female voice performed by Ma Rainey

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:54:45 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:26:31 +0100