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Marian Mcpartland

Living Legends of Jazz

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

I continue to believe that jazz is an art form that has become the most internationally cooperative means of communication in the world today. As artists and listeners alike have found out it can be a tremendously spiritual medium allowing us to transcend everyday life with beauty and connectivity.

Charlie Chaplin and All That Jazz

George Heymont | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

While Charlie Chaplin is adored as a Hollywood screen legend, few people know that he composed the soundtracks for most of his films. Although he could not read music, in his youth Chaplin taught himself how to play piano, violin, and cello by ear. Once he became a millionaire, Chaplin had a pipe organ installed in his home in Beverly Hills.

Marian McPartland in Chicago

Roger Wright | Posted 08.21.2013 | Chicago
Roger Wright

With her "Piano Jazz" program on NPR, Marian McPartland, like Studs Terkel, made conversation into art. Her music will last forever. And when the show starts up tonight in heaven, it will be like a tiny, warm bar in Chicago as the snow comes down outside.

Famous Jazz Pianist Dies At 95

AP | Posted 10.21.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Marian McPartland, a renowned jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show "Piano Jazz," has died, NPR said Wednesday. She...

Off- Hollywood: The Five Best Indie Movies To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 07.02.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

In Hollywood terms, the "summer" movie season used to begin on Memorial Day weekend; this year, it begins today, May 4, with the release of Marvel's The Avengers. This is also a cue for counter-programming.

"My Funny Valentine": A Laughable but Heartfelt Playlist for My Wife on Valentine's Day

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Written by the great Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart for the 1937 musical Babes In Arms, "My Funny Valentine" is one of those genuinely timeless standards that put the Great in the Great American Songbook.