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Mary Lou Williams + Big City Blues

Mary Lou Williams + Big City Blues

Mary Lou Williams + Big City Blues

2015 / 96min / DCP

DIRECTOR: CAROL BASH

CAST: GERI ALLEN, TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON, STANLEY CROUCH

Intro and Q&A with Carol Bash

MARY LOU WILLIAMS: THE LADY WHO SWINGS THE BAND
Carol Bash / 2015 / 68 mins / DCP

BIG CITY BLUES
St. Clair Bourne / 1986 / 28 min / Video
Courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts

Two music films showing the ease with which Bourne could move from subject to subject, made with a grace and interest which other filmmakers would reserve for a particular area of expertise, that are simultaneously works of historical value, catching great musicians on camera to be appreciated for years to come. Screening with Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, the story of the unsung jazz genius: a pianist, composer and arranger. “Saint raised money to do a film about Mary Lou Williams in the ‘70s, but it never came to fruition. I kept this memory in mind as I pushed through to complete my documentary. I stand on his shoulders, like so many of us.”—Carol Bash

Total Runtime: 96 mins