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A Tribute to Marian McPartland And New Music

Jazz Unlimited on Sunday evening, September 22 is “A Tribute to Marian McPartland and New Music.”   Pianist Marian McPartland was born in England and during World War II met and married traditional jazz trumpeter Jimmy McPartland soon after the war.  Soon Marian had a long running gig at the Hickory House on 52nd Street.  This eventually led, in addition to her busy performance schedule, to a career in radio.  Her show “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz” was a staple on NPR from 1978 to 2011.  Marian died on August 20, 2013.  The first hour of Jazz Unlimited is dedicated to her music.  The last two hours of the show will present new music by pianist Greg Goebel, guitarist-vocalist Kristin Lloyd, pianist and big band leader Orrin Evans, saxophonist Grace Kelly, clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, vocalist Lorraine Feather, the Ken Vandermark 5, trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, vocalist Gabrielle Agachiko, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and pianist Lucien Ban.

The Slide Show shows my images of some of the artists heard on the show.

This Audio Archive of the 9/22/13 show will be available until the morning of 9/30/13

Here is Marian McPartland playing "Afterglow" at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1975

Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named Best Jazz Radio Show in St. Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is also a noted photographer, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.

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