Sunday Sleep In ~ “Ambiance” ~ Marian McPartland

This great lady of jazz who just left us on Aug. 30th at the age of 95. Host of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR from 1978 until 2011. She played everything from Classical to Jazz, Cool jazz, Bebop, Mainstream jazz, Swing, Post bop and Standards.

Marian was undeniably virtuosic hitting those ivory keys with such elegance, her credits musically a mile long whether playing her own compositions or others.

Her “A Delicate Balance” theme of a show she hosted for 14 years on WBAI prior to NPR was so befitting for how she performed, who she interviewed and played with or what she put on a turntable. Whether known or the obscure she never left the very best of music untouched.

Marian shared and gave us a taste of it all.

Ambiance showed us so much more of her composing that not only could stand up to the test of time but completely blow it away. It was the composure of her playing that the others had to try to measure up to.

A gifted professor, she was Grace, Style, Mentor, Collaborator, Class, a Timeless Collection of Music that will be with us forever….she was Jazz.


Marian McPartland




Composed by Marian McPartland.

Released off the 1978 album “From This Moment On”.

Marian McPartland – piano
Brian Torff – bass
Jake Hanna – drums




Marian McPartland.In Memory


Contemporary Jazz


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