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Mary Lou Williams
Music on My Mind
A film by Joanne Burke
1990, 60 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99293
Pioneering Black American composer-arranger-pianist Mary Lou Williams is one of the most remarkable figures in the history of jazz. In this authoritative film, lively interviews with Williams, Dizzy Gillepsie and Buddy Tate interweave the musical and personal elements of her dramatic life. At the height of her career, she dropped out of music to help drug-addicted musicians in Harlem, making a triumphant comeback fifteen years later. A spirited tribute to Williamsí indelible contribution to American culture, narrated by Roberta Flack.


  • American Film and Video Festival, Finalist
  • Nat'l Educational Film and Video Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival

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    "Excellent. Enlightening, inspiring and, above all, entertaining. Succeeds because it lets so much of the subject's personality shine through."

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