Mary Lou Williams at the CBS studios in 1947. William P. Gottlieb/Library of Congress hide caption

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Mary Lou Williams On Piano Jazz

Host Marian McPartland talks to her longtime friend and idol on the first episode, recorded in 1978 with Williams and bassist Ronnie Boykins.

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Can you name all the musicians in the photo? Need help? Art Kane/Art Kane Archives hide caption

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Mary Lou Williams received an honorary degree from Fordham University in 1973. Mary Lou Williams Collection, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University hide caption

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Not only did Mary Lou Williams write and arrange music for herself and legends like Benny Goodman, but she also taught Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. Metronome/Archive Photos hide caption

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Mary Lou Williams received an honorary degree from Fordham University in 1973. Mary Lou Williams Collection, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University hide caption

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The Kennedy Center honors Mary Lou Williams every year with the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, which showcases today's brightest female jazz artists. William P. Gottlieb/Library of Congress via flickr.com hide caption

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Mary Lou Williams, ca. 1946. William P. Gotlieb/Library of Congress via flickr.com hide caption

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