The program opens with a screening, from 4:00–5:00 p.m., of the 2015 Carol Bash film Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band. The filmmaker and journalist will be on hand following the movie for a conversation with jazz historian Loren Schoenberg, a senior scholar at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, from 5:00–5:00 p.m., and the event will conclude with a performance from 6:00– 7:00 p.m. by The Bertha Hope Quintet in partnership with the National Jazz Foundation.
Bertha Hope, a 2018 recipient o the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s Legends of Jazz Award, is a recording artist, bandleader, and educator whose work has some overlaps with Williams’ own career. Hope’s own collaborations include global tours with Nat Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, and Eddie Henderson. The concert thus provides the audience with a direct link through a century of jazz performance and performers.