In the April issue of Downbeat, I reviewed a pair of new life stories about some of jazz radio’s most iconic figures: Marian McPartland and John Pizzarelli. The McPartland biography, “Shall We Play That One Together,” by Paul de Barros is a valuable historic narrative not only about jazz and jazz radio since the ’40s but about women fighting to stake a place in the male-dominated worlds of live music and World War II. McPartland gets personal with her biographer, sharing her own revelations from experiences like psychoanalysis, and de Barros does a beautiful job of showing the relevance of these things to her career and the wider jazz spectrum that she influenced.
I was less crazy about Pizzarelli’s book, but if you’re a fan of his radio show or live performances, you’ll dig the book. Check out the reviews, “Revelations from jazz radio stars,” by clicking here.