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Documentary videographer James R. Coleman, Jr. aka as just Huey, has captured the smile, and the voice we all recognize from listening weekly to pianist Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" on National Public Radio. Her immediately recognizable, but always improvised, theme "Kaleidoscope" has open every show since 1979.
Ms. Marian McPartland asked, "What is a Jazz Player?" and answers her own question, "Technically swinging, improvising, sense of humor. Playing in any key, All those things."
Jimmy McPartland, her Yank, cornet playing boyfriend in 1940's Britain during the war, instructed Marian when she joined him for the first time on a bandstand, "When you're playing, just hold it steady, in jazz, ya gotta get a good beat, its gotta swing, or forget it!" Throughout Marion's love of Jimmy and the influence the freewheeling improvisational Chicago jazz style is revealed by wonderful performances and delightful family clips.
At the Kennedy Center see her rehearsing pianist Billy Taylor's ...