Jazz Pianist, Radio Host Marian McPartland Dies at 95

Originally posted on Variety:

Marian McPartland, a renowned jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show “Piano Jazz,” died of natural causes Tuesday night at her Port Washington home on Long Island. She was 95.

Over a career that spanned more than six decades, McPartland became a fixture in the jazz world as a talented musician and well-loved radio personality.

Bringing her talent for composition and status as a jazz insider to radio, McPartland and began hosting the Peabody Award-winning “Piano Jazz” in 1978.

On the air, she and her guests sat at separate pianos, reminiscing, ad-libbing, and playing duets and solos. She hosted hundreds of jazz professionals, including Ray Brown, Susannah McCorkle and Eddie Palmieri.

Charming, energetic, and always ready for a musical adventure, McPartland was well-suited to the role of live radio host.

Born Margaret Marian Turner in England, she began playing classical piano at the age of 3. At…

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