In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland (2011)

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 ... See full synopsis »

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Dave Brubeck ... Himself, Pianist
Elvis Costello ... Himself
Bill Crow Bill Crow ... Himself, Interviewee
Nnenna Freelon Nnenna Freelon ... Herself, Interviewee
Bill Frisell Bill Frisell ... Himself, Guitarist
Dick Hyman Dick Hyman ... Himself
Doug Kassel Doug Kassel ... Himself, Interviewee
Donna Kassel-Gourdol Donna Kassel-Gourdol ... Herself, Interviewee
Diana Krall ... Herself
Jimmy McPartland Jimmy McPartland ... Himself (archive footage)
Marian McPartland Marian McPartland ... Herself - Jazz Pianist
Renee Rosnes Renee Rosnes ... Herself
Billy Taylor Billy Taylor ... Himself, Pianist
Jon Weber Jon Weber ... Himself, Interviewee
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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 ...

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Documentary videographer Huey, has captured the smile, and the voice we all recognize from listening weekly to Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" on the radio.
29 January 2012 | by dankassellSee all my reviews

Pianist Marian McPartland asked, "What is a Jazz Player?" She answered her own question, "Technically swinging, improvising, sense of humor. Playing in any key, – All those things."

Documentary videographer James R. Coleman, Jr. aka as just Huey, has captured the smile, and the voice we all recognize from listening weekly to "Piano Jazz" on the radio. Her immediately recognizable but always improvised theme "Kaleidoscope" has open every show since 1979.

Jimmy McPartland, her Yank, Cornet playing boyfriend in 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 piece "Capricious, " followed by her own composition "Twilight World" in its entirety.

Look for string bassist Bill Crow talking about the Hickory House and recollections of Duke Ellington's visits.

A special moment in gorgeous color: Marian extemporaneously improvises "Portrait of Dave Brubeck," as he looks on from his piano, thereafter he created a tune based on the phonetic of her name that they improvised on together.

A personal statement relates to her concern for the survival of the environment as she describes Rachael Carlson's influence in "Silent Spring" and the resulting "Portrait of Rachael Carlson" that she performed with the South Carolina Symphony Orchestra.

There's also an inside look at the growth of the NPR's "Piano Jazz" with many in the studio clips.

When interviewed about Marian, Huey reported, "She's very funny, . . . "you can see her age from 89 to 93!"

Daniel Kassell Member, Jazz Journalist Association


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