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For immediate release
January 17, 2002
Contact: NPR
Tracey Terry,
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Jazz Divas Are Talk of the Nation

Washington, DC - Jazz fans across the nation will have the rare opportunity to talk to three jazz legends on Talk of the Nation from NPR News on Monday, January 21. In an exclusive live appearance, NPR jazz divas Nancy Wilson, Marian McPartland and Dee Dee Bridgewater will join Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan and a national audience to discuss the world of jazz and their experiences as radio hosts and performing artists. To participate in the discussion, listeners can call (800) 989-8255 or send an e-mail to totn@npr.org.

Nancy Wilson has hosted NPR's Jazz Profiles, radio's first and only documentary series, since its debut in 1996. An Emmy and Grammy Award winner, Wilson is a vocalist and all-around performer with over 49 years in the music business.

Legendary jazz pianist Marian McPartland has showcased the jazz world's greatest artists for the past 23 years as the host of NPR's longest-running and most widely carried jazz program, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. She is a legendary jazz musician, having spent more than 60 years in music, from her earliest job in a vaudeville show to her current schedule of performances, tours and show tapings.

Dee Dee Bridgewater is the jazz lover's ears and eyes as she takes radio listeners to jazz performance stages around the world each week on NPR's JazzSet. Long recognized as one of the finest and most versatile jazz singers of her generation, Dee Dee Bridgewater is known for her mesmerizing live performances. She joined NPR as the host of Jazz Set in 2001.

Talk of the Nation is broadcast on over 170 public radio stations nationwide. For station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's Web site at www.npr.org.

NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of more than 16 million Americans each week via more than 640 public radio stations. NPR Onlinesm at www.npr.org brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.