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In the spring of 2018, South Carolina Public Radio unveiled an exhibit of photos taken during recording session for Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. This year marks the centennial of host Marian McPartland (March 20, 1918 - August 20, 2013) and in her honor we present a series of 40+ minicasts (mini-podcasts) that capture the essence of the program and correspond with the photos on display.

Dr. Billy Taylor and Nancy Wilson with Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland with Billy Taylor and Nancy Wilson, New York, 1998
RJ Capak
Marian McPartland with Billy Taylor and Nancy Wilson, New York, 1998

Dr. Billy Taylor (1921–2010) was a pianist, composer and educator. He dedicated his life to teaching jazz history and was a regular voice heard on NPR, making jazz accessible to a large audience and putting public radio on the cultural map. Brilliant song stylist Nancy Wilson also worked for NPR as host of Jazz Profiles, a companion series to Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. This special edition commemorates the 20th anniversary of Piano Jazz in 1999. Wilson and Taylor join McPartland for an hour of music and memories, guest hosting the episode along with Branford Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis.

Billy Taylor on NPR: https://www.npr.org/artists/15404963/billy-taylor

Nancy Wilson on NPR: https://www.npr.org/people/2101390/nancy-wilson