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The Music Of Marian McPartland On Piano Jazz

Marian McPartland. (Courtesy of the artist)closemore
Marian McPartland. (Courtesy of the artist)

Of all Marian McPartland's attributes, possibly the most underrated was her ability as a composer. Her piano pieces have entered the jazz repertoire, while some of her songs — with lyrics by such stars as Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn and Peggy Lee — have become part of The Great American Songbook.

In honor of McPartland's birthday this week — she would have been 98 — guest host Murray Horwitz leads this expedition through some of her most beautiful works, with performances by Cleo Laine, Sarah Vaughan, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra and McPartland herself.

Originally broadcast in the fall of 2011.

Set List

  • "Silent Pool" (McPartland)
  • "Twilight World" (McPartland, Mercer)
  • "In The Days Of Our Love" (McPartland, Lee)
  • "Ambiance" (McPartland)
  • "There'll Be Other Times" (McPartland, Jones)
  • "Portrait Of Chick Corea" (McPartland)
  • "Portrait Of Murray Horwitz" (McPartland)
  • "Threnody" (McPartland, Costello)
  • "Melancholy Mood" (McPartland)

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