Aug 22, 2013
The passing of Marian McPartland at the age of 95 this week fills a void in the jazz world that will not likely be filled by one person anytime soon. She was a composer, a performer, a radio host, an author and a brilliant conversationalist who held the memories of jazz's hey-days in New York both before and during the be-bop era.
I had the pleasure to interview her for a podcast four years ago, so click here to go to that podcast, and read what she had to say that day. Her music, as always, is included in the podcast. A wonderful NPR report can be found here, saluting their host of "Piano Jazz". Older episodes of the show can be found on CD or on the NPR archives.