Marian McPartland Had Rich Career

Geezer Music Club

As you know, if a performer we’ve featured in a previous GMC article passes on I usually put together a little tribute and also direct visitors to the previous article. (As I did recently for Marvin Rainwater.) But in a reversal of sorts, I started writing about today’s featured artist — Grammy-winning jazz pianist Marian McPartland — before I realized that she’d died just last month at age 95.mmc

Born in England in the latter days of World War I, Margaret Marian Turner was a classically-trained prodigy who could play piano and violin at age three. (In her later years, she said that she was a synesthete — someone who can ‘see’ colors in music.) But even though she continued her musical studies while growing up, she became more and more fascinated by American jazz. Approaching adulthood as World War II was getting underway, she made a break with…

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