Arts Partner: Jazz at Lincoln Center

Our Jazz for Young People series continues with an hour-long, interactive celebration of composer, arranger, and pianist Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981). Families will learn the inspiring tale of a young woman who realized her dreams through determination, imagination, incredible talent, and a famously big heart.

Her music was truly as adventurous as her personality, and you will be fascinated to discover her influence on several generations of creative jazz musicians. In this fun concert experience, you will come to understand what made Williams’ piano playing so special and entertaining. A professional player by age seven, Williams charged headfirst into the music world, outplayed her male contemporaries, and quickly emerged as a composer and arranger they simply needed to hire. By her early 20s, she was arranging music for Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman.

Hosting this event is Grammy Award-nominee Catherine Russell, who joined us last season to host Who is Louis Armstrong? She’ll be joined by energetic drummer LaFrae Sci and an all-female band.

Band Members:

Drums & Music Director: LaFrae Sci

Piano: Chihiro Yamanaka

Bass: Endea Owens

Guitar: Cynthia Sayer

Trumpet: Liesl Whitaker, Linda Briceño, Rachel Therrien, Jackie Coleman

Trombone: Sara Jacovino, Raynel Frazier, Becca Patterson

Alto Saxophone: Alexa Tarantino, Yunie Mojica

Tenor Saxophone: Roxy Coss, Mercedes Beckman

Baritone Saxophone: Claire Daly

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  • March 24, 2018
    1:00 pm

Event Location


10 Columbus Cir, New York, New York, 10023, United States


Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, is located on Broadway at 60th Street, New York. Frederick P. Rose Hall and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola can be accessed using the JAZZ elevators located on the ground floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle across from Hugo Boss, located in the Time Warner Center.