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.


Innovation plus recognition of past improvisatory genius & openness to each player’s unique creativity drives Mary Lou’s Apartment. Each session is a musical party & a chance for finding the new. Come on over!