Marian McPartland, Jazz Pianist And NPR Host, Dies At 95
August 21, 2013 at 6:53 AM (PT)
MARIAN MCPARTLAND, the jazz pianist and longtime NPR host, died TUESDAY night at 95 of natural causes at her LONG ISLAND home.
Born in ENGLAND, MCPARTLAND had already enjoyed a long career as a pianist, recording for several labels and performing in residency at NEW YORK's HICKORY HOUSE, before moving into radio at PACIFICA Variety WBAI/NEW YORK in 1964. Her NPR show "MARIAN MCPARTLAND'S PIANO JAZZ" launched in 1978, and she remained a staple of the network through 2011. MCPARTLAND also won a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2004.