Mary Lou Williamn's Hymn Black Christ of the Andes (St. Martin de Porres): Vatican II, Civil Rights, and Jazz as Sacred Music

Murchison, Gayle
December 2002
Musical Quarterly;Winter2002, Vol. 86 Issue 4, p591
Academic Journal
Features the jazz music "Black Christ of the Andes," composed by Mary Lou Williams in honor of Saint Martin de Porres and intended for use in the Roman Catholic liturgy. Song as a personal expression of Williams' faith and her own jazz ministry; Background on Williams' personal life and career; Events that steered Williams toward composing the liturgical jazz.


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