Join Chuy Varela, Sonny Buxton, Dick Conte, Kathleen Lawton and Melanie, as we lift a glass and celebrate the Centennial of the birth of Marian McPartland, the Grand Dame of Jazz Radio, and the host of Piano Jazz for over 30 years, making it the longest running cultural program on NPR.
Marian’s career began during WW II where she played for the English and American troops in Europe. She would meet Jimmy McPartland her future husband during a USO tour. After WW II she move to NY to become part of the jazz scene there. In 1956 she began to write for Downbeat magazine and was a regular contributor through the 1960s. In 1964 she started her radio show at WBAI in New York. This was syndicated and eventually became Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR in 1979. Marian would go on to feature interviews and performances with all the great jazz artists. She was also a champion of women in jazz and new artists.
We toast Marian on Friday, February 2nd from 2 to 6PM and Saturday, February 3rd, from 10AM to 6PM, right here, on KCSM, the Bay Area’s Jazz Station.