Perpetually Contemporary

Mary Lou Williams’ profile on NPR:

A swinging, percussive player, Williams was a major force in the development of Kansas City swing in the 30s, deeply involved in the bebop revolution of the 40s, and had a great influence on pianists Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. Whether working with big bands or with her own small groups, Williams’ music was always adventurous and she was an innovator, not afraid to stretch out and try new things.

Make sure to tune into the program.