Mary Osborne: A Memorial (1959/81) 1992

A Memorial

Track list:

01. Soft Winds
02. Emily
03. Samba de Orfeu
04. Love You Madly
05. God Bless the Child
06. Just Friends
07. I Found a New Baby
08. Sophisticated Lady
09. I’m Beginning to See the Light
10. Body and Soul
11. I Surrender, Dear
12. These Foolish Things (remind me of you)
13. I Love Paris
14. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
15. How High the Moon
16. When Your Lover Has Gone
17. Mary’s (Goodbye) Blues


Mary Osborne – guitar, vocals
Steve LaSpina – bass (1-6)
Charlie Persip – drums (1-6)
Danny Barker – rhythm guitar
Tommy Flanagan – piano
Tommy Potter – bass
Jo Jones – drums

#1-6, 9-11,15-17 released as 1981 LP ‘Now and Then’ [Stash ST-215]
#7-17 released as 1959 LP ‘A Girl and Her Guitar’ [Warick W2004]
This compilation: released May 1, 1992

Now and Then (Stash ST-215)

Sequencing: David J. Weiner
Producer: Bernard Brightman
Engineer: Charles Leighton

Liner Notes: Chris Albertson

Photography: Aldo Panzieri
Type: Jenny Marco
Design: Collin Kellogg

A Girl and Her Guitar (Warick W2004)


Guitarist Mary Osborne led relatively few sessions during her career, just a few titles in the mid-to-late ’40s, a Warwick LP in 1959 and a Stash album that had titles from 1959 and 1981.

This Stash CD re-issues the full Warwick set plus the Stash songs from 1981 (although not the ones from 1959).

The earlier selections feature Osborne’s bop-oriented style with a quintet also including rhythm guitarist Danny Barker, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Jo Jones.

The newer pieces are by a trio with bassist Steve Laspina and drummer Charlie Persip.

Despite the 22 years that passed between the sessions, Osborne’s appealing and swinging style was completely unchanged and she is in consistently fine form on these mostly-veteran standards.

~Scott Yanow []


Mary Osborne (July 17, 1921 – March 4, 1992) was an American jazz electric guitarist.

Osborne was born in Minot, North Dakota.

She learned violin as a child and could also play guitar and bass by age 15.

She heard Charlie Christian play in Al Trent’s band at a stop in Bismarck, North Dakota; Christian became one of her most prominent influences.

She went on to tour with Buddy Rogers, Dick Stabile, Terry Shand, Joe Venuti, and Russ Morgan, and recorded with Mary Lou Williams, Beryl Booker, Coleman Hawkins, Mercer Ellington, Ethel Waters, Wynonie Harris, and Billie Holiday.

From 1952 to 1960, she was featured on Jack Sterling’s CBS radio show.

Later in life she only performed occasionally (though she would play jazz festivals into the 1990s) and settled in Bakersfield, California, where she died (aged 70).