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.