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After the duets on her NPR show, Piano Jazz, Marian McPartland excitedly sings “Wonderful! Delightful! Fabulous!” to her multifarious guests in a quivery British accent. But the 77-year-old ain’t an ass-kisser, she just gets a genuine thrill from music. As an expat married to a Dixieland devotee, McPartland could have played Bix Beiderbecke stomps her whole life, but she supported and explored every new movement in jazz, save fusion (though the idea of Marian gettin’ funky in a sequined body suit is hard to imagine—or stomach). McPartland’s new album, Silent Pool, swims with strings arranged by Alan Broadbent, and her ivory tickling is as elegant, captivating, and lyrical as ever. The Marian McPartland Trio plays at 7 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art’s West Garden, 6th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Christopher Porter)