Marian McPartland, a storied jazz pianist and host of a quarter-century old music show on National Public Radio, has died at age 95. The musician and radio show host died Tuesday of natural causes in her home in Port Washington, Long Island.
She joined a jazz-combo.that toured throughout Europe, entertaining the Allied troops during World War II. On tour, she met her husband, After her marriage to the cornetplayer Jimmy McPartland (Chicago), she moved to the USA in 1953 where McPartland began playing at clubs like the Hickory House in the jazz center of 52nd Street.
McPArtland recorded over 50 records and in 2000 was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. In 2004 she was given a GrammyAward for lifetime achievement.
Please hear Marian McParland in the Piano Jazz series: http://www.npr.org/series/15773266/marian-mcpartland-s-piano-jazz
Marian McPartland plays Moonlight in Vermont: