Mary Lou’s Apartment is an all-woman jazz ensemble featuring the compositions & arrangements of the African American musical geniuses Mary Lou Williams & Melba Liston. A compact-yet-mighty big band, Mary Lou’s Apartment is dedicated to performing great American music in an atmosphere of kindness, joy, support & political action.
Mary Lou’s Apartment presents compositions and arrangements that have been overlooked. Calling on the model of its namesakes, Mary Lou’s Apartment throws open a wide net of influences & collaborators, just like the steady flow of musical guests Mary Lou Williams drew to her home at 63 Hamilton Terrace in Harlem.
The afternoon concert features new work composed in tribute to Mary Lou Williams and Melba Liston, supported in part by a Civic Arts Grant from the City of Berkeley, as well as rediscovered jazz classics
by Williams, Liston and visitors to Mary Lou's Harlem apartment.