Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Marian McPartland: Twilight World

At 89 years old, pianist Marian McPartland sounds just as assured as she did at 79, or for that matter, anytime in the past six decades. The woman is a phenomenon, a classic stylist whose undiminished invention, sure technique and sophistication are cornerstones of the postwar jazz universe.

Did we forget to mention her restlessly inquisitive nature? For a player who cut her teeth in Dixieland and swing-to-bop mainstream to (successfully) attempt free-jazz improvisations, as she does on interpretations of Ornette Coleman’s “Turnaround” and “Lonely Woman,” is further testament to this remarkable polymath’s vision and vitality.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published