February 17, 2007

Piano Jazz

Snapshots In My Time...
Of My Time.....Hauntings.

I love listening to Piano Jazz. It is like a breath of fresh air. Born Margaret Marian Turner in Windsor, England, the host of Piano Jazz began to teach herself Chopin waltzes on the piano by ear when she was only three years old. Marian later pursued classical training at London's Guildhall School of Music before joining a four-piano vaudeville act that traveled throughout Europe during World War II entertaining the Allied troops. 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.

In addition to hosting Piano Jazz, Marian maintains a busy schedule, recording, touring, lecturing and teaching year-round. She is deeply committed to music education in the country's public schools and was inducted in the International Association of Jazz Education Hall of Fame in 1986. She has received honorary degrees from Hamilton, Union, and Bates Colleges, Bowling Green University, and the University of South Carolina.

Her books include The Artistry of Marian McPartland, a collection of transcriptions released by Columbia Pictures Publications, and All in Good Time, jazz profiles published by the Oxford University Press. In 1983, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz received a George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting.

In 2001, the long list of honors bestowed upon Marian and the show added a "Gracie" -- the Gracie Allen Award given annually by American Women in Radio and Television -- and the National Music Council's American Eagle Award.

I heard her in the last 6 months play a song from her CD called Silent Pool. This was the most relaxing song I have ever heard. I think that I will end up getting that cd as well.


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