Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Mary Lou Williams

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Mary Lou Williams, pianist and composer Photo by William P. Gottlieb

Pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams got her start in the jazz world in 1917, at the age of 7, playing at parties around her neighborhood in Pittsburgh. In a field dominated by men, she quickly became a star. At age 13, she played with Duke Ellington, and later was the first woman hired by Benny Goodman. On Tuesday's Performance Today, the Ancia Saxophone Quartet plays selections from Zodiac Suite, by Mary Lou Williams.