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One for Marian: A Tribute To Marian McPartland

Celebrating pianist, writer, educator and composer Marian McPartland, this show features many of her own compositions and a 1975 interview with Dick Bishop.

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Marian McPartland embodies the best of what jazz has to offer--she’s 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.

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.

Music Heard On This Episode

Threnody
Marian McPartland — Silent Pool (Concord, 1997)
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Threnody
Marian McPartland — Silent Pool (Concord, 1997)
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Warm Valley
Marian McPartland — Live at Yoshi's (Concord, 1996)
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The Lady Is a Tramp
Marian McPartland — On 52nd Street (Savoy, 2000)
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Afterglow (In the days of Our Love)
Marian McPartland — In My Life (Concord, 1993)
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Ambience
Marian McPartland — Silent Pool (Concord, 1997)
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I Hear Music
Marian McPartland — Reprise (Concord, 1999)

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Twilight World
Marian McPartland — Live at Maybeck Recital Hall (Concord, 1991)
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Time and Time Again
Marian McPartland — Silent Pool (Concord, 1997)
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Willow Creek
Marian McPartland — Willow Creek and Other Ballads (Concord, 1985)
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Silent Pool
Marian McPartland — Live at Yoshi's (Concord, 1996)
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When the Saints Go Marching In
Marian McPartland — Just Friends (Concord, 1998)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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