Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland (OBE; born March 20, 1918 in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England, as Margaret Marian Turner; † August 20, 2013 in Port Washington, New York) was an American jazz musician ( pianist and journalist ) British origin.

She got more than six decades on stage, recorded numerous albums and was a well known radio presenter, who in their weekly show Piano Jazz introduced more than 30 years musicians. It is regarded as "one of the few female jazz legends. "


Marian McPartland was an early musical talent. Your ( classical ) composition and piano studies at the famous London Guildhall School of Music and Drama (where they also learned violin) broke it off after she discovered her love of jazz. Against the wishes of her father, she appeared in a vaudeville number with four pianos under the stage name Marian Page. In supporting the Allied troops in liberated France and Belgium in 1944, she met her future husband, 11 years her senior and cornet player Bix Beiderbecke student Jimmy McPartland.

After the war she moved in 1946 with her ​​husband to Chicago and started playing in the band. During this Dixie played, they had a more modern taste. Since 1949, she wrote for Down Beat. In the same year she moved to New York City where they founded his own jazz trio that first played in 1950 at the Embers. From its commitment to two weeks in New York Hickory House in the 52nd Street 1952 employment grew as a club trio until 1960 ( with drummer Joe Morello temporarily ). Many jazz musicians heard their game in this restaurant - club, who also photographs of Rudy Van Gelder for Savoy exist. She used her engagement also extensively jazz musicians to be heard in the neighboring clubs of the 52nd Street as the Birdland and Advanced - provided with an encyclopedic memory - constantly their repertoire. At the end of the decade she was firmly established in the New York scene.

In the 1960s she had in New York a first radio show on WBAI -FM and developed for Washington, DC a jazz education program for school children, which was nationally exemplary. In 1969 she founded her own record label called Halcyon Records, which released its own trio music especially. In 1978 she received the offer from National Public Radio to host a weekly show. She made a counter-proposal: At the piano she was sitting moderate, while each invite a guest to play together with this. The proposal was adopted. The first guest in Marian McPartlands Piano Jazz was on June 4, 1978 Mary Lou Williams. Overall, chatted and played music Marian McPartland in its weekly program with more than 700 guests, such as Oscar Peterson, Cleo Patra Brown, Bill Evans, Rosemary Clooney, Teddy Wilson, Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Amina Claudine Myers, Keith Jarrett, Alice Coltrane, but also with John Medeski, Linda Ronstadt and Elvis Costello. By 2010, she was the hostess of this show. Some of these musical portraits bw was also on albums. CDs released. In 2004 she was awarded a Grammy. From the 1970s she also took numerous ( to 60) albums for Concord on, including the duo album Is not Misbehavin ': Live at the Jazz Showcase with Willie Pickens.

The swinging game of McPartland is also documented on numerous recordings with modern jazz. Your composition Twilight World became the standard.

Your the meantime (1970 ) divorced from her husband Jimmy, she married shortly before his death in 1991 again.


1983 she was awarded the Peabody Award. In 2000 she received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship and the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award. In 1986, she was inducted into the International Association for Jazz Education Hall of Fame and in October 2006 in the Long Iceland Music Hall of Fame. In 2010, they honored the UK with the Award Officer of the Order of the British Empire.


  • Marian McPartland Marian McPartlands Jazz World, University of Illinois Press 2003 ( first in 1987 as All in Good Time, a collection of reviews )
  • Marian McPartland Portraits 2000
  • Marian McPartland All in good time, Oxford University Press, 1987