Marian McPartland's Jazz World

All in Good Time
Author: Marian McPartland
Anecdotes about and personal portraits of legendary musicians, by the longtime NPR host
Paper – $17.95
978-0-252-07298-7
Publication Date: 2005
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About the Book

In this collection of musical portraits, jazz pianist and radio host Marian McPartland pays tribute to such beloved and legendary figures as Benny Goodman, Bill Evans, Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, Alec Wilder, Mary Lou Williams, and others. McPartland’s reminiscences and anecdotes about these jazz greats are informed by her encyclopedic knowledge of their music, making this richly detailed collection an important addition to the literature of jazz.

In a preface to this edition, McPartland extends her commentary to include details of her long-running National Public Radio show “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz” and memories of her late husband, famed Chicago trumpeter Jimmy McPartland.

About the Author

Marian McPartland (1918-2013) crafted a recording career that spanned six decades. She hosted the Peabody Award-winning "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" on National Public Radio from 1979 to 2010. She was awarded a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 2004. James T. Mahar (1917-2007) was a jazz, musical theater, and popular music historian. He was the editor of Alec Wilder's American Popular Song.

Reviews

“Marian McPartland has always been one of my favorite pianists, and this book shows that she is every bit as good a writer as she is a musician.”--Dave Brubeck

“She has done her studying from the inside: as one of the few working jazz musicians to write about the music with any frequency, she offers a perspective on the men and women who play jazz for a living that seldom finds its way into print.”--New York Times

Blurbs

“Marian McPartland has always been one of my favorite pianists, and this book shows that she is every bit as good a writer as she is a musician.”--Dave Brubeck

“She has done her studying from the inside: as one of the few working jazz musicians to write about the music with any frequency, she offers a perspective on the men and women who play jazz for a living that seldom finds its way into print.”--New York Times