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Mon September 20, 2004
Columns

NORAH JONES on PIANO JAZZ

Listen this Sunday to a romantic oasis of music with two legendary performers, Marian McPartland and Norah Jones on PIANO JAZZ at 7pm.

Norah Jones will be the guest on Marian McPartland's PIANO JAZZ from NPR this Sunday, September 26 at 7pm. Norah Jones has taken the music world by storm with her smoky, sweet voice and a style that combines elements of jazz, folk, country and soul. Blending intimate vocals with superb songwriting and piano playing, Jones debut album, Come Away With Me, garnered her five Grammys in 2003. One of the most popular Piano Jazz shows of recent years, Jones brings her warmth to Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness of You," and together McPartland and Jones witness the beginning of a "Beautiful Friendship."

For more than twenty years, legendary pianist Marian McPartland has welcomed a stellar line-up of jazz artists for conversation and improvisation on her Peabody Award-winning program. Piano Jazz fans say the show?s intimate style is ?like listening in on a conversation in someone?s living room." And no one but McPartland, with her engaging personality and improvisational savvy, could host such a variety of performers in her radio ?living room."

Piano Jazz is a forum for jazz legends and influential performers as well as up-and-coming talents. Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, Max Roach, Cassandra Wilson and Tony Bennett are among the over 400 guests who have joined McPartland to create dynamic duets and discuss their lives and music.

In 2000, McPartland was named an NEA American Jazz Master and received the ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award for her contributions to jazz. Her devotion to Piano Jazz sets this program apart, making it an entertaining addition to any musical format.

Tune into this graceful series and enjoy what The Washington Post calls ?an oasis of intelligence and grace and probably the best hour of jazz on the airwaves."