What a time in which to reintroduce myself into web-society.. so many jazz greats have passed away; pianists George Duke and Cedar Walton, singer Eydie Gorme have all passed away within the last two weeks. And today, I’ve just learned of the passing of the glorious pianist and radio host Marian McPartland.
Never a real household name in the UK, despite being British by Birth, she was real jazz giant – one of only three women to feature in the legendary photo “A Great Day in Harlem.” She’s standing next to one of her female contemporaries, and another of the great pianists of the age, Mary Lou Williams.
For 40 years she was the host of NPR’s Piano Jazz Show. Marian McPartland had a great knack for making guests feel totally at ease, wether they came from the jazz world or not.
She was one of the people who inspired me to be whatever the heck I am now.
The link below will take you to some of her great interviews and duets. Hearing her laugh and chat with Sarah Vaughan, then accompany her so beautifuly and so swingingly is a joy. Go listen. Go Marian.
I’ll pay respect to all of the musicians mentioned in my opening paragraph over the next few days.