Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz from 2003: Birthday memories

My birthday is coming up on March 20. It’s a date that I share with other piano luminaries including Harold Mabern, Larry Harlow, and Marian McPartland. In 2003, I recorded a Piano Jazz episode with Marian that occurred just days before our shared birthdate. I remember walking into the studio while Marian was on the phone with Peter Jennings. I’d been sending Marian a yearly birthday card for years, and this show taping was like a big birthday present!

Many of you have asked where you can hear that 2003 Piano Jazz episode. For a limited time, I’ll be sharing the links of the individual tracks below. So, enjoy my birthday present, and post your comments!

Track 1: Marian and Deanna chat
Track 2: Deanna: Wide Open Window
Track 3: Chat and lead in to A Wonderful Guy
Track 4: Deanna: A Wonderful Guy
Track 5: Chat and lead in to Lullaby of the Leaves
Track 6: Duet: Lullaby of the Leaves
Track 7: Chat: Alec Wilder
Track 8: Marian: Where are All the Good Companions?
Track 9: Chat and lead in to The Shadow of Your Smile
Track 10: Duet: The Shadow of Your Smile
Track 11: Chat and lead in to I’ll Take Romance
Track 12: Duet: I’ll Take Romance
Track 13: Chat: background on Stranger in a Dream
Track 14: Marian: Stranger in a Dream
Track 15: Chat and lead in to The Song is You
Track 16: Duet: The Song is You
Track 17: Closing thank yous

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4 Responses to Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz from 2003: Birthday memories

  1. Jocelyn says:

    What a generous and exquisitely beautiful gift. I love you and your music with all my heart and wish you an amazing birthday as well as a brilliant year ahead!

  2. deanna says:

    Thank you, Jocelyn!

  3. Dr. Michael Frohne says:

    Dear Mrs. Deanna Witkowski
    Many thanks to let me hear this formerly unknown Piano Jazz Program. I’m still collecting all and the information are published on the blog jazzrealities. See here if you like. Can you please help with exact recording date and date of broadcast as well?
    Greetings from Germany near the Swiss border right where the river Rhine is still young.
    Michael Frohne

    • Deanna says:

      Hi Michael-

      I just now saw your comment! This Piano Jazz episode aired in 2003, and was recorded in March of that year. I don’t think that it’s available online anywhere in the NPR archives. Hope this is helpful!

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