DIET COKE INAUGURAL
WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL AT
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER’S DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA
Marian McPartland, Solo Piano
(Marian McPartland Piano Jazz on NPR)
(Marian McPartland Bio)
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator
Scott Thompson, Press
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 13, 2005
In great shape, this 87 year old solo pianist, host of NPR’s Piano Jazz radio program, revived songs by female composers for this all-female Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. This very classy musician, apologizing for an injured ankle, was able to use the piano pedal to good effect in her renditions of New Orleans melodies, as a tribute to the recent Hurricane Katrina and its sad aftermath. Willow Weep for Me, one of my favorite standards, was especially evocative.
Twilight World had classical characteristics, and All the Things You Are brought the room to a hushed ambiance. There were in-between anecdotes about Mary Lou Williams and Hoagy Carmichael, as well as Jimmy McPartland, Ms. McPartland’s late musician husband. This second set selection combined spiritual, romantic, and danceable melodies, some melancholy, some upbeat. I look forward to hearing Ms. McPartland play once again very soon. Meanwhile, she can be heard on NPR’s Piano Jazz.