Marian McPartland Documentary to Premier in Maine
New Film Profiles the 93-Year-Old Pianist and Radio Host
In Good Time, the Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland, a documentary portrait of the 93-year-old musician and radio host, will have its world premiere on July 19 at 6:30 P.M. at the 2011 Maine International Film Festival. Director Huey will introduce the screening, which takes place at Colby College’s Given Auditorium, and will be present for audience Q&A afterward. The film will screen again at 9:30 PM on July 21 at Railroad Square Cinema.
According to a press release, “The film explores McPartland’s life and career as a pioneering woman musician, composer, and host of NPR’s Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. A native of England, McPartland arrived in America after World War II with her husband Jimmy McPartland and went on to establish herself as one of the leading musicians in the jazz world. McPartland tells her own story in interviews filmed over four years. She performs her own musical compositions and improvisations as she regales audiences with her wit and stories in clubs, concerts and Piano Jazz recording sessions. McPartland's musical colleagues seen performing and being interviewed in the film include Dr. Billy Taylor, Elvis Costello, Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, Bill Frisell, Nnenna Freelon, Renee Rosnes, Dick Hyman and others.”