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Marian McPartland

Born: March 20, 1918 | Died: August 20, 2013    Primary Instrument: Piano

Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland has made jazz piano duets into something of an art form. Sure, it's been done before, but not very often. There are the Pete Johnson/Albert Ammons duet sessions that made both boogie pianists stars, but save for the occasional live performance where a couple of luminaries may have sat in together to present a finale to a concert, there aren't that many examples in the jazz canon. In the 20 or so years that she's hosted her program Piano Jazz on National Public Radio, Marian McPartland has done her level best to boost the profile of this neglected jazz instrumental format. “Somehow” McPartland tells me during a phone interview from San Francisco, where she's playing with her trio at Yoshi's, “I've always been associated with either two or four pianos. The first gig I ever had years ago was a four piano act in England, where we performed in vaudeville all over the country.”...
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Selected Discography
Jazz at the Hickory House Savoy, 1952-53.
With You in My Mind Capitol, 1957.
At the London House Argo, 1958.
Ambiance Halcyon, 1970.
From This Moment On Concord Jazz, 1978.
At the Festival Concord Jazz, 1979.
Willow Creek and Other Ballads Concord Jazz, 1985.
Plays the Music of Billy Strayhorn Concord Jazz, 1987.
Marian McPartland Plays the Benny Carter Songbook Concord Jazz, 1990.
Marian McPartland Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Nine Concord Jazz, 1991.
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with Guest Milt Hinton Jazz Alliance, 1991.
In My Life Concord Jazz, 1993.
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with Guest Dave Brubeck Jazz Alliance, 1993.
Great Britain's Savoy Jazz 1993.
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with Guest Teddy Wilson Jazz Alliance, 1993.
Marian McPartland Plays the Music of Mary Lou Williams Concord Jazz, 1994.
Live at Yoshi's Nitespot Concord Jazz, 1995.
Silent Pool Concord Jazz, 1996.
Just Friends Concord Jazz, 1998.
Reprise Concord Jazz, 1999.
The Single Petal of a Rose Concord Jazz, 2000.
Ain't Misbehavin': Live at the Jazz Showcase. Concord Jazz
Live at Shanghai Jazz Concord Jazz, 2002.
Windows Concord Jazz, 2004.
Personal Choice (recorded 1982), Concord Jazz.
Interplay Halcyon.

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