Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture


Jazz with the Mary Lou square graphic with black and white photo of woman sitting in front of a piano.

One of the major tenets of our annual calendar includes programming and events focused on jazz.  The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture offers two programs, Jazz Matters and Jazz @, that highlight the genre's issues and feature opportunities to listen to live jazz music.

Fill your Wednesday evenings with live jazz and the exquisite company of jazz lovers from the campus and community in an energetic and engaging atmosphere.  Enjoy live performances by local musicians as well as Duke music students, with special guest artists all brought together by John Brown, Director of the Duke Jazz Studies Program.

Jazz @ begins at 9:30pm and ends at 12:30am. Feel free to stay for just one set or for the entire evening. Comfortable attire and open to the public. Light hors d'oeuvres and liquid refreshment will be provided.

Jazz @ is co-sponsored with DUU and Jazz Studies (Music Department).


Jazz Matters

An evening of enthusiasts who focus on the work, concerns and issues of jazz throughout history and in the present day, Jazz Matters explores the significance of jazz and its influence. Past guests have included vocalist, Lois Deloatch, pianist, Jason Moran, WUNC'€™s General Manager, BH Hudson, and Duke University Library's Jazz Archivist, Jeremy Smith.

Contact the Mary Lou Center for more information.