Afterglow pays a tribute this week to the late pianist, writer, jazz educator and composer Marian McPartland, known to listeners around the world as a performer and as the host of Piano Jazz, one of public radio’s longest-running programs.
McPartland, in many ways, embodied the best of what jazz has to offer–she was a complex and original musician steeped in the history of the music and yet endlessly modern, an unassuming pioneer for women in jazz who started her own record label, and an open, always searching artist. In a 2010 Downbeat article she wrote, “Don’t sit back and say, ‘Now I’ve done it all,’ because you never have.”
“One for Marian” features many of McPartland’s own compositions, including “Twilight World,” “Ambience,” and “Afterglow,” which served for many years as the theme of this program. We’ll also hear excerpts from a 1975 interview that McPartland did with Afterglow founding host Dick Bishop.