Mary Lou's Apartment

all-women big band celebrating Mary Lou Williams and Melba Liston

Mary Lou's Apartment

Sunday, April 28th

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$16 ADV / $20 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Mary Lou's Apartment
Mary Lou's Apartment
Mary Lou’s Apartment is an all-women compact-yet-mighty big band, set to debut at the Freight in a night of glorious music and great company that you don’t want to miss. The ensemble features the music of African American musical geniuses Mary Lou Williams and Melba Liston in an atmosphere of kindness, joy and political action.

Mary Lou Williams, a jazz giant with formidable piano chops and stellar composing and arranging skills, welcomed fellow luminaries including Monk, Dizzy and Sarah to her Harlem apartment after hours, where she shared her musical discoveries. Melba Liston, another jazz giant with formidable trombone chops and stellar composing and arranging skills, was a younger sister of sorts to Mary Lou, who performed world-wide with the likes of Dizzy and Gerald Wilson. Both Mary Lou and Melba are far from household names - they’ve been hidden in plain sight - because they were women.

A jazz performance group that places African American women up front, Mary Lou’s Apartment presents compositions and arrangements that have been overlooked - great music that’s endlessly contemporary, soulful and fun.

Be on hand as Mary Lou’s Apartment takes flight for its major venue maiden voyage. Come on over to the Apartment!

Mary Lou’s Apartment is:
Mwamba Blakwomyn, bass and co-leader
Pat Mullan, trombone and co-leader
Georgianna Krieger, alto sax
Nzingah Smith, alto sax
Barbara Hunter, tenor sax
Jonnette Newton, bari sax
Rachel Doolittle, trumpet
Candace Sanderson, trumpet
Angela Wellman, trombone and banjo
Debra Temple, piano
Jennifer Trowbridge, guitar
Joyce Baker, drums
Renaye Brown, percussion
Deborah Tisdale, vocals
Dr. Christy Dana, musical consultant

Click the text below to hear Mary Lou's Apartment recordings

*SHAFI - Mary Lou’s Apartment - composed and arranged by Mary Lou Williams

*BEN LOVES LU - Mary Lou’s Apartment - composed and arranged by Melba Liston

*Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Heidi Trefethen