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Narrative: Remembering Marian McPartland as a Mentor and Friend

Alicia Keys with Marian McPartland in 2003
Piano Jazz Session
Alicia Keys with Marian McPartland in 2003

This edition of Narrative features an interview by Christian McBride, host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America. He had a conversation with South Carolina Public Radio’s own Shari Hutchinson, who produced Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz for more than 25 years. This year, March 20th, would have been McPartland’s 100th birthday. Here, Christian and Shari remember Marian as a musician, mentor, and friend.

More of this interview will be broadcast on an upcoming episode of Jazz Night in America. Below is a bonus clip from the conversation, offering a behind-the-scenes story of a Piano Jazz session gone wrong.

Produced locally by Laura Hunsberger. Interview by Christian McBride courtesy of "Jazz Night in America" in collaboration with South Carolina Public Radio.

This weekend, Jazz Night in America will feature selections from Piano Jazz in honor of Marian McPartland’s centennial.

You can hear the program on South Carolina Public Radio:

March 17 at 9 pm on our New/Talk stations

March 18 at 8 pm on our News/Music stations