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Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band

June 19 @ 6:00 pm

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June 19, 6:00pm, FREE – Celebrate Juneteenth with us at this free screening.
She was ahead of her time, a genius. During an era when Jazz was the nation’s popular music, Mary Lou Williams was one of its greatest innovators. As both a pianist and composer, she was a font of daring and creativity who helped shape the sound of 20th-century America. And like the dynamic, turbulent nation in which she lived, Williams seemed to redefine herself with every passing decade.

From child prodigy to “Boogie-Woogie Queen” to groundbreaking composer to mentoring some of the greatest musicians of all time, Mary Lou Williams never ceased to astound those who heard her play. But away from the piano, Williams was a woman in a “man’s world,” a black person in a “whites only” society, an ambitious artist who dared to be different, and who struggled against the imperatives of being a “star.” Above all, she did not fit the (still) prevailing notions of where genius comes from or what it looks like. Time and again, she pushed back against a world that said, “You can’t” and said, “I can.” It nearly cost her everything.

Directed by Carol Bash, 2015, 60 Minutes, USA, Documentary, English

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Date:
June 19
Time:
6:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Venue

Boedecker Theater
2590 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302 United States
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Phone:
(303) 440-7826
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MARCH 2020

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