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Chuckanut Radio Hour with Special Guest Paul de Barros, Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland
Crystal Ballroom of the Leopold Retirement Residence
Bellingham, WA
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Chuckanut Radio Hour with Special Guest Paul de Barros, Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland
Join us this month as we host special guest Paul de Barros on the Chuckanut Radio Hour for his new book, Shall We Play That One Together? The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland. The Chuckanut Radio Hour is a radio variety show that began in January 2007. Each Chuckanut Radio Hour features a guest author and includes guest musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, Cascadia Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, an episode of "The Bellingham Bean" serial radio comedy, and some groaner jokes by hosts Chuck & Dee Robinson and announcer Rich Donnelly. The Chuckanut Radio Hour's first guest was Erik Larson and has since included Alexander McCall Smith, Elizabeth George, Cheryl Strayed, Sherman Alexie, Tom Robbins and Garrison Keillor, among many others. The Radio Hour airs every Saturday evening at 6pm and Sunday at 9pm on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3FM.

In Shall We Play That One Together?, Seattle Times jazz & world music critic Paul de Barros writes about Marian McPartland, a living legend in the world of piano jazz. In a dominated by African American men, the Grammy Award-winning McPartland distinguished herself as one of the greatest jazz pianists of her age.  De Barros provides a riveting portrait of a woman who was born in the UK and taught to play classical piano as a young girl, but who was nevertheless passionately attracted to the soulful rhythms of American jazz.

In 1944, donning combat boots and a helmet, Marian waded ashore at Normandy Beach as part of a USO unit sent to entertain troops on the front lines. Traversing through the grim landscape of late WWII, Marian arrived in Belgium where fate allowed her to cross paths with her future husband, Jimmy McPartland, a cocky young trumpet player from Chicago who was the protégé of the great Bix Beiderbecke. They were married and, together, made jazz history. Moving from Chicago to New York, Marian's classical technique coupled with perfect pitch and a very personal sense of how to "swing" a tune made her appearances a must for the likes of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Ben Webster and other jazz luminaries.  From there she went on to triumphs at places like the Umbria Jazz Festival and her greatest accomplishment, the revered NPR show "Piano Jazz" which she started in 1979. Paul de Barros' account of McPartland's life is a history of an age when jazz was a vital art form played in beatnik cafes, Carnegie Hall and everywhere in between. Just as inviting as Marian's signature question on "Piano Jazz," Shall We Play That One Together? is an invitation to readers everywhere to listen to the score of a bygone age.

Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available at and at Village Books. Receive a free ticket to the show with purchase of one hard cover copy of the book at Village Books. Doors open at 6:30pm, and you must be seated by 6:45pm as the show begins promptly at 7pm. Co-sponsored by the Leopold Retirement Residence, 12th Street Shoes, Fairhaven Pizza, and the Fairhaven Village Inn.


Crystal Ballroom of the Leopold Retirement Residence (View)
1224 Cornwall Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
United States

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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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