Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland

For more than 30 years, Marian McPartland brought us illuminating visits with artists from the jazz world and beyond. These hours of music and conversation form a rich broadcast legacy only Marian could have created. It's an invaluable archive we sample from every Saturday evening on WUSF, your NPR station.

This week on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland

Patricia Barber
Patricia Barber is a pianist and singer solidly grounded in the jazz idiom while eclectic in her style. She recorded a series of albums, each establishing a wider audience for her music. In 2002 she released her album Verse to much critical acclaim. That year, she was also McPartland’s guest on Piano Jazz. In this session, Barber performs her original song “If I Were Blue,” and McPartland joins...
November 22, 2015 on WUSF 89.7, on Jazz

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Marian McPartland

Jazz legend Marian McPartland continues to showcase the world's top musicians on NPR's longest-running and most widely carried jazz program, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz.

Born Margaret Marian Turner in 1918 in Windsor, England, Marian began to teach herself Chopin waltzes on the piano by ear when she was only three years old. She later pursued classical training at London's Guildhall School of Music before joining a four-piano vaudeville act, traveling throughout Europe during World War II to entertain the Allied troops.

While on tour in Belgium, she met and began to perform with her future husband, famed Chicago cornetist Jimmy McPartland. In the U.S. after the... Read More...

This Week on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland

Hot Club of Detroit
Seventy years after Django Reinhardt’s Quintette du Hot Club de France fused Gypsy guitar with the jazz of the day, a new incarnation emerged in the Motor City. The Hot Club of Det...
Jaki Byard
Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Jaki Byard (1922 – 1999) played jazz piano as well as alto and tenor saxophone. A partner of Maynard Ferguson and member of bands led...
George Wallington
Bop pianist George Wallington (1924 – 1993) was born in Sicily and moved to the United States with his family in the 1920s. He became a part of the New York music scene in the 1940...

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