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ETV Premieres Two New Documentaries About Jazz Greats Dizzy Gillespie and Marian McPartland

Back-to-Back Programs Begin Thursday, March 22 at 8 p.m.

For Immediate Release
March 13, 2012

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Columbia, SC… This March, ETV celebrates both Cheraw native Dizzy Gillespie and Marian McPartland, the long-time host of ETV Radio’s “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” with two new documentaries that explore the indelible mark each has made on the jazz scene.

On Thursday, March 22, at 8 p.m., watch the premiere of a new “Carolina Stories” documentary, “Dizzy Gillespie - From the Be to the Bop” (see below for additional airdates). The 30-minute program tells the unique story of Gillespie’s life and music, from both a historical and contemporary perspective.

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Much of America's blues and jazz influences are deeply rooted in the rhythms and melodies of the rural South. One artist who has greatly contributed to these genres' continued popularity is South Carolina's own John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie. Together with Charlie Parker, he was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Jon Faddis and Chuck Mangione. Noted as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Gillespie's complex style and compositions were difficult to copy.

Part jazz concert, and part discussion of his genius, the program explores Gillespie’s life and legacy through a group of South Carolina's finest jazz artists, all of whom have benefited from the influences of his music. Led by Gillespie's official biographer, Dr. Al Fraser, the musicians include:

  • Mitch Butler, director of Jazz Studies at Claflin University
  • Gene Dykes, leader of the Gene Dykes Jazz Orchestra
  • Dick Goodwin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at USC’s School of Music, and leader of the Dick Goodwin Big Band
  • Charlton Singleton, artistic director of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra

Then at 8:30 p.m., “Marian McPartland: First Lady of Jazz” makes its broadcast premiere, telling the story of Margaret Marian Turner, whose illustrious career has spanned eight decades and whose contributions to jazz are unfathomable (see below for additional airdates).

A prodigy from the time she could sit at a piano, McPartland could instantly play a tune just by hearing it. Growing up in England, she first fell in love with jazz staying up late listening to the BBC, and dreaming of the day she could meet her idols, including Benny Goodman, James P. Johnson, Hazel Scott and Mary Lou Williams. During World War II, McPartland performed in Europe on the USO tour, where she met her soon-to-be American husband, the already accomplished coronet player Jimmy McPartland.

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Following the war, McPartland moved to the United States with Jimmy, where she had the opportunity to meet—and perform with—many of her idols. She made a name for herself working the New York Jazz club scene, and in 1978 became the host of “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” produced by ETV Radio, and distributed nationally by NPR. Her first guest? None other than Mary Lou Williams. With over 700 episodes, the Peabody Award-winning series is the longest running music program on NPR, and her guests have included many of the biggest names in the music industry, including Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Elvis Costello and Dizzy Gillespie.

Through vintage interviews and performance footage, the program captures McPartland’s lifelong devotion to jazz, taking the musical art form to new heights and spearheading efforts in jazz education, all the while delighting audiences around the globe with her quick wit and keen musical insights.

Encore presentations of “Carolina Stories: Dizzy Gillespie – From the Be to the Bop”:

ETV:

  • Friday, March 23 at 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m.

South Carolina Channel:

  • Sunday, March 25 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 4 at 8 p.m.

Encore presentations of “Marian McPartland: First Lady of Jazz”:

ETV:

  • Friday, March 23 at 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 25 at 6 p.m.

South Carolina Channel:

  • Sunday, March 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Production of “Carolina Stories: Dizzy Gillespie – From the Be to the Bop” was funded in part by a grant from the South Carolina Hall of Fame.


South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network with 11 television and eight radio transmitters, and a multi-media educational system in more than 2,500 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.

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ETV Premieres Two New Documentaries About Jazz Greats Dizzy Gillespie and Marian McPartland
Dizzy plays while pianist Bernice Tillman accompanies him during a 1974 concert in Cheraw. The concert was part of the ETV production, “Camera South” and premiered March 10, 1975.
ETV Premieres Two New Documentaries About Jazz Greats Dizzy Gillespie and Marian McPartland
Dizzy Gillespie visits with Cheraw mayor Miller Ingram during a 1974 visit to his hometown.

ETV Premieres Two New Documentaries About Jazz Greats Dizzy Gillespie and Marian McPartland
Dizzy Gillespie was Marian McPartland's guest for a 1985 recording of "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz."
ETV Premieres Two New Documentaries About Jazz Greats Dizzy Gillespie and Marian McPartland
Marian McPartland, the host of "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz," which is produced by South Carolina ETV Radio and is the longest running cultural program on NPR.


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