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NYC Concerts to Celebrate Mary Lou Williams

There’s a love-fest going on in the jazz community these days for late pianist-composer Mary Lou Williams (pictured), whose recently reissued Black Christ of the Andes we wrote about on Tuesday. Two upcoming concerts in New York City-the first by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, the second by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra-plus a jazz talk, will celebrate Williams’ music. Here’s some info on the concerts:

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, led by Victor L. Goines, artistic director of Juilliard Jazz, will present “What’s Your Story?: The Music of Mary Lou Williams” on Wed., Apr. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Juilliard Theater. The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra is comprised of students from both the music school’s Institute for Jazz Studies and bachelor of music degree program in jazz studies. The tickets are free but must be reserved through the Juilliard Box Office located at 60 Lincoln Center Plaza in Manhattan. The box office is open Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Juilliard Box Office at (212) 769-7406.

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