Jazz Legend Dies At 95

NEW YORK (August 21, 2013)--Marian McPartland, a jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show "Piano Jazz," died Tuesday night of natural causes at her Port Washington home on Long Island at the age of 95, an NPR spokeswoman said.

McPartland’s career spanned more than six decades.

She became a fixture in the jazz world as a talented musician and well-loved radio personality.

She was married to Chicago cornetist Jimmy McPartland.

Marian McPartland recorded more than 50 albums for the Concord Jazz label and played in venues across the country.

In 1978, she brought her talent for composition and status as a jazz insider to radio and began hosting the Peabody Award-winning "Piano Jazz," on which she hosted hundreds of jazz professionals, including Ray Brown, Susannah McCorkle and Eddie Palmieri.

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