Monday, February 05, 2007

Music Break: Marian McPartland

If you haven't heard Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, which is the title of her long running NPR program, you are missing out on an important cultural resource centered on the world of piano (and other) jazz. The program usually consists of Marian and another perhaps better known pianist, discussing the music, and playing it right then and there. Marian's own expertise and artistry as a pianist, historian, composer, lecturer and broadcaster for over 25 years on National Public Radio, and her many recordings, together make up a lifetime of accomplishments that can only be termed monumental.

As I write this I am listening to her CD entitled Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with guest Mary Lou Williams, which is amazing and well worth having. Williams was one of the best jazz pianists ever and she played with all the great names of jazz throughout the 20th Century.

Marian McPartland was born on March 20, 1918 and is still touring, lecturing, broadcasting, and playing. Catch her next broadcast.

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