I have sad news, Marian McPartland passed away last night, August 20, the night of a blue moon. She was 95. My film In Good Time, The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland documents her life and career. Here’s the link to the NPR story aired this morning, August 21.
Marian was a key figure in jazz inspiring many musicians and filling the lives of even more listeners and fans. At a screening we did at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY in June we were lucky to have Marian come and take part in the Q&A. She was in top form with her trademark wit and graciousness on full display. Several audience members from former students, past bandmates, and fans provided testimonies about Marian and how she had influenced their lives. It was quite a day and it turned out to be her last public appearance. It was an honor to have made In Good Time. It was important to me that Marian and I and my wife Judy stayed close after finishing the film and to know that she was pleased with the film and helped to promote it.
I am sure she is already playing duets and improvising in the great beyond.
Here’s the trailer for In Good Time
Paul de Barros has written an award winning book about Marian, Shall We Play that One Together
You can see photos from the Cinema Arts Centre screening below