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Sept. 9, 2005

Jazz Legend Marian McPartland Performs In Hancher Sept. 30

Legendary jazz pianist/composer Marian McPartland, known to millions as the genial host of "Miriam McPartland's Piano Jazz" on National Public Radio, will perform with her trio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

McPartland has been a giant in the male-dominated jazz world for more than six decades, excelling at everything from gentle ballads to bebop to free jazz.

Born Margaret Marian Turner in Windsor, England, she began to teach herself Chopin waltzes on the piano by ear when she was only three years old, and she later pursued classical training at London's Guildhall School of Music.

She was introduced to jazz by a boyfriend who often brought jazz records to her house. For hours they listened to the music of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and others. From that point on, she was hooked on jazz, and in 1943 she joined a four-piano vaudeville act that traveled throughout Europe during World War II entertaining the troops.

While on tour in Belgium, she met and began to play with her future husband, Chicago cornetist Jimmy McPartland. In the United States after the war, she performed for a brief time with her husband's Dixieland band.

But she heard the call of bebop and began to head in other musical directions. She formed her own trio and landed a two-week gig at the renowned Hickory House in New York City.

With her ability to gently shepherd a poignant ballad, to swing with real power, and to stay ahead of new developments in jazz, McPartland turned those two weeks into a 10-year residency. It became a gathering place for jazz colleagues including Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.

After recording for several existing labels -- including over 50 albums with Concord -- McPartland founded her own imprint, Halcyon Records. Artists who have recorded on Halcyon include pianists Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson and Dave McKenna.

In addition to hosting "Piano Jazz" since 1978 -- making it one of the longest-running radio programs in history -- McPartland maintains a busy schedule of recording, touring, lecturing and teaching year-round.

She is deeply committed to music education in the country's public schools and was inducted in the International Association of Jazz Education Hall of Fame in 1986. She has received honorary degrees from Hamilton, Union, and Bates Colleges, Bowling Green University, and the University of South Carolina.

Her books include "The Artistry of Marian McPartland," a collection of transcriptions released by Columbia Pictures Publications, and "All in Good Time," jazz profiles published by the Oxford University Press.

In 1983, "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" received a George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting.

The concert of the Marian McPartland Trio is supported by Dahl Ford of Davenport, Inc., and Douglas and Linda Paul, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $40/38/35; UI student $36/15; senior citizen $36/34.20/31.50; youth $28/26.60/24.50.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: <>.

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