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An NPR Jazz Christmas with Marian McPartland and Friends

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Product Description

Ths NPR Classics CD is a collection of 22 holiday favorites performed with a jazz twist. Marian McPartland is joined by special guests including George Shearing, Freddy Cole, Bob James, and Nnenna Freelon.

About the Artist

Legendary jazz pianist and evocative host Marian McPartland continues to showcase the jazz world's greatest artists in National Public Radio's longest running and most widely carried jazz program, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Ms. McPartland began to teach herself Chopin waltzes by ear when she was only three years old. Later she pursued classical training at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She traveled throughout Europe during World War II, entertaining the Allied troops. While in France, she encountered and began to play with her future husband,famed Chicago cornetist Jimmy McPartland. In the United States after the war, Ms.McPartland heard the call of bebop and began to pursue other musical directions. She formed her own jazz trio and landed a two week stint at the renowned Hickory House in New York City. Two weeks turned into ten years, and at Hickory House, Ms. McPartland came into contact with musical colleagues such as Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - Marian McPartland
  2. Jingle Bells - Jon Faddis, Peter Washington, Marian McPartland
  3. Let It Snow - Keith Ingham
  4. The Christmas Song - Nnenna Freelon, Marian McPartland
  5. O Tannenhaum - Brad Mehldau, Marian McPartland
  6. Away In A Manger - George Shearing
  7. Silent Night - Joe Locke, Marian McPartland
  8. Jesu Bambino - Jon Weber
  9. Nina, Nana - Jon Weber
  10. Good King Wenceslas - Marian McPartland
  11. Cool Yule - Roseanna Vitro, Marian McPartland
  12. Santa Claus is Coming To Town - Bob James, Marian McPartland
  13. Silver Bells - Frank Kimbrough
  14. Christmas Is Just Another Day - Marcia Ball
  15. What Child Is This? - Marian McPartland
  16. The Christmas Waltz - John Eaton
  17. The Christmas Song - J.J. Johnson, Marian McPartland
  18. Winter Wonderland - Michael Weiss
  19. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/Away In A Manger - Renee Rosnes
  20. Silent Night - Darrell Grant
  21. I Want a Smile for Christmas - Freddy Cole
  22. White Christmas - Phil Markowitz, Marian McPartland

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: November 1, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: National Public Radio
  • ASIN: B00003GPLP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MOVIE MAVEN on January 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most wonderful jazz albums I own. Simply because all of the songs are called "Christmas songs" should not prevent you from buying it today.
Marian McPartland's N.P.R. show "Piano Jazz" is a fixture in my home. She has introduced me to some of the finest new jazz artists and re-introduced me to some old jazz friends. On this CD, you can hear her playing "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" and several others including a terrific duet with Brad Mehldau ("O Tannenbaum"). Her friends range from trumpeter Jon Faddis to pianist Bob James, from trombonist J.J. Johnson to the redoubtable George Shearing playing his special arrangement of "Away in a Manger."
This album is a jazz treasure and a Christmas treasure, too. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. West on October 1, 2014
Format: Audio CD
A wide variety of Yuletide favorites with a twist of Jazz played on the piano, no commentary between songs. There was a muted Miles sound trumpet on one tune. Very tastefully done.
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