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date: 16 December 2019

McPartland [Page; née Turner], (Margaret) Marian locked

  • Lars Helgert

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(b Windsor, England, March 20, 1918; d Long Island, NY, August 20, 2013). English pianist. She began playing piano by ear in early childhood and also studied violin. She discovered jazz through recordings and BBC radio programs. She studied classical piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London but left to join the four-piano vaudeville act of Billy Mayerl. She performed with the USO and its British counterpart, the ENSA, during World War II. In 1944 she met the American jazz cornetist Jimmy McPartland; they were married and the couple moved to the United States in 1946.

As a non-American female McPartland did not fit into common conceptions of a jazz pianist, but her undeniable ability as a musician (and her marriage to an established player) helped facilitate her acceptance in jazz circles. She performed and recorded with her husband, who was strongly associated with traditional jazz, but she was more drawn to modern styles. She formed her own trio around ...

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