[Dixielandjazz] Dixielandjazz Digest, Vol 94, Issue 16
danpbarrett at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 14 10:01:19 PDT 2010
Dear Harry & Marek,
I didn't know about the Lovie Austin-Mary Lou Williams connection. Thanks for the info. However, it may be that Lovie (a.k.a. Cora) was herself influenced by Earl Hines; pretty much every other pianist was! At any rate, in listening to Mary Lou's solos--at least in that early period--she had paid serious attention to Hines, whether directly, or "filtered" through Lovie Austin's playing. I'm sure later on Mary Lou was listening to Charlie Parker, Dizzy, Bud Powell, and the younger players, too. She was a remarkable musician.
Still residing in Costa Mesa, CA (but in New York City until Oct 25)
> Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 09:49:57 -0500
> From: meetmrcallaghan at gmail.com
> Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Dixielandjazz Digest, Vol 94, Issue 16
> CC: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
> To: danpbarrett at hotmail.com
> Since you have no quarrel with Dan, I'm sure it's because you'd rather
> quarrel with me.
> Not to disagree with anything that has been said here with regard to Mary
> Lou Williams but I think that she did some of her finest work as arranger
> and pianist with Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy
> I don't have the CD handy, but I believe the period may have spanned
> something like 1936=1947
> If I'm off by more than a coupla years, you may have your lawyer contact my
> lawyer and they can perhaps do lunch..
> (as least as dumb as yesterday in Houston, TX)
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 9:19 AM, Marek Boym <marekboym at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Dear Dan,
> > >
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Remember that Mary Lou's big influence on piano was Earl Hines,
> > He might have been - but she said she admired Cora Calhoun (a.k.a.
> > Lovie Austin), and decided to be like her when she saw Calhoun playing
> > the piano and leading a band. Mary Lou Williams was also impressed by
> > Ms. Calhoun's composing and arranging skills.
> > Other thawn that, I have no quarel with the rest of your letter.
> > Cheers
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