Celebrate the amazing life and legacy of the legendary Mary Lou Williams. Mary Lou was a composer, arranger, music adviser, and band member with many of the greatest jazz musicians. She created some of the most sophisticated big-band hits for Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and other popular orchestras of the 1930's. Mary Lou was a woman in a "man's world," and a black person in a whites-only society. Moreover, she was a non-conforming creative genius in an image-driven industry. As an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, she often also celebrated her religious beliefs through her music. The "Jazz Spirit of Mary Lou Williams" remembers her extraordinary career by exploring her final years living in Durham and teaching at Duke University. Pianist, Lidia Shallet-Dudley will perform selections from more than 350 compositions Mary Lou created.