Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

***NOTE: The last broadcast of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz will be on September 23 at 8:00 PM.*** The guest will be internationally renowned guitarist Pat Metheny. For more than 30 years, Marian McPartland brought us illuminating visits with artists from the jazz world and beyond. These hours of music and conversation form a rich broadcast legacy only Marian could have created. It's an invaluable archive that has been in production since October of 1978.  New episodes stopped being produced in 2011, and Marian herself passed away in 2013.. However, due to the large archive of programs, it continued to air on NPR. The current producer of the show, who was also Marian’s producer while she was still with us, is retiring. Thus, producers thought it would be best to sunset the program, and it will no longer be offered for broadcast.

This week on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Trumpeter Nicholas Payton
Trumpeter Nicholas Payton has been hailed as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. A native of New Orleans, Payton learned the art of improvisation from Wynton Marsalis and as a teen performed with the late trumpet master Clark Terry. A young virtuoso, he was in his twenties when he sat down with McPartland for this 1998 Piano Jazz session. Bassist Ray Drummond joins Payton and...
April 8, 2018 on Jazz

The last broadcast of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz will be on Sunday , September 23 at 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM on WUSF 89.7

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Marian McPartland

Jazz legend Marian McPartland continues to showcase the world's top musicians on NPR's longest-running and most widely carried jazz program, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz.

Born Margaret Marian Turner in 1918 in Windsor, England, Marian began to teach herself Chopin waltzes on the piano by ear when she was only three years old. She later pursued classical training at London's Guildhall School of Music before joining a four-piano vaudeville act, traveling throughout Europe during World War II to entertain the Allied troops.

While on tour in Belgium, she met and began to perform with her future husband, famed Chicago cornetist Jimmy McPartland. In the U.S. after the... Read More...

Musical Notes from Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Marilyn Crispell
Critics hail pianist Marilyn Crispell as a “luminous presence at the forefront of creative music.” Known for challenging compositions and improvisations, she plays free jazz with a...
Hilton Ruiz
Hilton Ruiz (1952 – 2006) was a jazz pianist in the Afro-Cuban and bebop styles. Born to Puerto Rican parents in New York, he became known as a child prodigy and as a teenager gigg...

This Week on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

David Sanchez
Multiple Grammy Award-winning saxophonist David Sanchez weaves threads of Latin American and North American jazz into a colorful tapestry. His vast experience includes performances...
Eric Reed
Pianist and composer Eric Reed began playing piano as a small child. He was only 18 when he played his first string of gigs with Wynton Marsalis, work that catapulted him to the fo...
Jacky Terrasson
Pianist Jacky Terrasson was born in Berlin and raised in Paris. After moving to the US, he studied at Berklee College and went on to win the 1993 Thelonious Monk International Pian...