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Mary Lou Williams was a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger whose career path spanned numerous stylistic periods and genres in jazz. Throughout her musical journey, she navigated the complexities and challenges of her experiences as an African American woman in the male-dominated field of jazz. Her vibrant performances, masterful arrangements, and remarkable pedagogy left an indelible mark on the landscape of jazz and ultimately paved the way for future generations of women to receive greater access, recognition, and equity.