Brubeck Guides 'Piano Jazz' Onto TV
The host of National Public Radio's "Piano Jazz" is teaming up again with jazz great Dave Brubeck, but this time they're taking the show to television. Marian McPartland, the host of the award-winningThe host of National Public Radio's "Piano Jazz" is teaming up again with jazz great Dave Brubeck, but this time they're taking the show to television. Marian McPartland, the host of the award-winning show, will tape her first televised "Piano Jazz" show Friday (Aug. 25) in Columbia, S.C., with her good friend Brubeck, who has appeared on the program twice before.
The 80-year-old Brubeck and his Quartet, featuring Paul Desmond's mellow saxophone, produced the first million-selling jazz tune, "Take Five." It was a national hit in 1961 and again last year when the album it appeared on was digitally remastered.
McPartland, 83, is ready to try the program in a new medium and hopes it may lead to more televised "Piano Jazz" shows. She can still jump in and play piano on just about any tune. "I may slow down a little bit, having had a couple of physical problems like hip replacements," she said. "But that doesn't affect my mental capacity at all."
The taping before a sold-out crowd that paid $125 to support South Carolina educational public broadcasting outlet SCETV's ETV Endowment will be aired nationally next year.
McPartland said the TV format will be the same as the radio show -- spontaneous conversations and improvised music. Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Taylor, Mel Torme, Herbie Hancock, and Oscar Peterson have appeared on her show, which has been on NPR more than 20 years. South Carolina Educational Radio produces it and NPR distributes it to 240 stations in 24 countries. The program airs Saturday nights at 8 p.m. on most educational radio stations in South Carolina.
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