March 13, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Marian McPartland
Marian McPartland was a significant pianist in jazz. She played in a four-piano vaudeville act in England and performed on the European continent for the troops during World War II. In Belgium in 1944, she met cornetist Jimmy McPartland and they soon married.
Marian moved with her husband to the United States in 1946, where she sometimes played with him even though her style was more modern than his Dixieland-oriented groups. McPartland eventually had her own trio at the Embers (1950) and the Hickory House (1952-1960), which until 1957 included drummer Joe Morello.
She recorded regularly for Savoy and Capitol during the 1950s and also made sessions for Argo (1958), Time (1960 and 1963), Sesac, and Dot. Although eventually divorced from Jimmy, they remained close friends, sometimes played together, and even remarried just weeks before his death. She formed her own Halcyon label and recorded several fine albums between 1969-1977.
Marian McPartland also became famous for hosting her "Piano Jazz" radio program beginning in 1978 and aired up until 2011. She died in 2013.
Be sure to tune in all day on Wednesday, March 13th to hear music from Marian McPartland on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.