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An Evening for Marian McPartland
"Shall we play that one together?" How often have you heard Marian McPartland say that to the many illustrious guests who have appeared over the years on her National Public Radio show, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz? McPartland's familiar invitation is the title of the first-ever biography of McPartland, due from St. Martin's Press Oct. 16, 2012. Author Paul de Barros, a longtime contributor to Down Beat magazine, was given unprecedented access to McPartland's personal archive. He read excerpts from Shall We Play That One Together? The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland. After the reading, de Barros chatted with pianist "Piano Jazz" guest host Jon Weber, who played and talked about McPartland's approach to composing and improvising. Vocalist Karrin Allyson capped the program with performances of two Marian's tunes.
(Photo by Richard Conde)