Remembering Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz–1983 interview!

Today’s Guest: Marian McPartland, jazz pianist, NPR host


Marian McPartland, National Public Radio, NPR, Mr. Media interview, Bob Andelman
Jazz pianist and National Public Radio host Marian McPartland
Marian McPartland: Live at Maybeck Recital Hall
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When the news reached me today than legendary jazz pianist and longtime National Public Radio host Marian McPartland has passed away, I was reminded of my time with one of many great artists who tolerated a young music writer early in my career.

On October 8, 1983, I interviewed Mrs. McPartland as a preview for an upcoming appearance she would be making in Clearwater, Florida, with her husband, Jimmy McPartland, and her old friend and frequent onstage partner, George Shearing.

MARIAN McPARTLAND podcast excerpt: “If everybody is playing well together — bass, drums, piano —I swear there is some kind of sexual thing that is set up. In the music! Of course, it could go to the other thing, too! I won’t say it couldn’t.”

Marian Mcpartland's Piano Jazz with Steely Dan
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It was one of many interviews I conducted that are like fingernails on a blackboard to me today, but that helped shape my approach to the job.

Mostly, however, it was an unrehearsed moment with a jazz great, as she responds to a problem with the phone connection – “Oh, sh*t!” – and compares a great combo on a great night as akin to sex.

Fortunately, the audio cassette containing this interview survived the years. I’ve sweetened the audio to the best of my ability; if you’re a fan of Marian McPartland, I hope you can get past my simplistic questions and enjoy the lady herself.

MARIAN McPARTLAND Piano Jazz radio show websiteFacebookYouTubeNew York Times obituary of Marian McPartland

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Shortly before his final tour, Frank Zappa appeared as a guest on ‘Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz’ radio show.

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