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Remembering Marian McPartland

The late, great Marian McPartland, who passed away yesterday, will be featured on MTPR today.

Remembering Marian McPartland

1:00pm Thursday, August 22

For more than thirty years, composer and pianist Marian McPartland brought jazz into the homes of public radio listeners through her interviews and duets with some of the greatest musicians in the world. She composed piano pieces that have entered the jazz repertoire and songs—with lyrics by such stars as Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn, and Peggy Lee—that are considered part of the Great American Songbook. This program, produced by NPR, is hosted by Marian's longtime friend Murray Horowitz and features Marian's original compositions and musical collaborations with Sarah Vaughan, Karrin Allison, Thad Jones, Elvis Costello, and more.

Jazz Session Tribute Hour
2:00pm, Thursday August 22

"Jazz Sessions" host Terry Conrad will be joined in the studio by jazz singer Eden Atwood to remember her friend Marian McPartland. 

Atwood's long association with McPartland included her debut recording with McPartland on the Concord records label in 1994 and guest appearances on "Piano Jazz."

Atwood's and McPartland's recording of "Nearness to You."

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  • As the host of a weekly public radio program pairing conversation and duet performances, McPartland brought many jazz greats to an audience of millions. For more than 40 years, she offered an intimate perspective on the elusive topic of improvisation.