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Marian McPartland at 86

By Published: July 22, 2004

MM: I know. That's a very good thought. He must have taken trouble with those songs. Nowadays it seems to me nobody takes trouble about anything, especially writing songs.

(Ed: At this point McPartland asked if there was anything Blue Lake needed of hers, which led to talk of "Piano Jazz" programs on CD from The Jazz Alliance (Concord), and how much I enjoy the Lee Konitz program).

MM: Oh, me too. I don't know. When "Jeff" [Carl E. Jefferson] died a lot of great ideas died with him. I really miss him because we had so many people on the label and Glenn Barros has decided not to utilize all of those. For a while there was no "Piano Jazz" and the all of the sudden he says, 'We're going to re-introduce 'Piano Jazz.'' I said, I don't think it ever went away.

LV: How long have you been doing that now, twenty...?

MM: Twenty-five years. We just had this big party in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center and they presented me with this gorgeous silver bowl, my God it's just beautiful. I've got more wonderful Degrees. I don't know what I'm going to do with them all when I go wherever I'm going.

It's awful to have to, but I've started thinking about that, you know. 86. I'm thinking, well, maybe I might make it to 90. At least I'd like to have my brains.

LV: It certainly sounds like you still have them now.

MM: Yeah, I think so. (Chuckles). I'm really lucky. As long as I can still be on my own and do my own thing and be working full time, it's great.

LV: I'm so looking forward to hearing you again this summer. It's going to be marvelous.

MM: I look forward to seeing you. I really appreciate the call. You're a friend.

Marian McPartland Headlines 12th Annual Sutton's Bay Jazz Festival , July 24, 2004.

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