As you may well know, the world lost Marian McPartland in 2013.
McPartland, jazz pianist, composer, writer, and host of course of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on National Public Radio, and, not to mention, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Sadly, Frank Zappa’s appearance on her radio show in 1988 is lost to the ages. It is, however, documented by All About Jazz dot com.
For her solo feature, McPartland again shows off a bit with an impressionistic take of Zappa’s “Twenty Small Cigars,” causing its composer to ask, “Do you wanna go on the road with us?” Finally, all ends well with a rousing finale of “King Kong,” prompting McPartland to say, “I’ve never had so much fun playing rock!”
Such a shame it can’t be heard.