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Marian McPartland Dies at 95

Beloved pianist and broadcaster hosted jazz greats on NPR's "Piano Jazz"

Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland, a pianist of ineffable swing and powerful grace, a groundbreaking figure in the history of female jazz musicians, and a beloved broadcaster whose syndicated NPR program, Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, was a cornerstone of jazz broadcasting since 1978, died Tuesday night at her home in Port Washington, N.Y., according to NPR. She was 95.

A formidable composer and pianist in her own right, the British-born McPartland was an NEA Jazz Master and the recipient of numerous awards, among them a Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award, a Grammy Trustees Award from NARAS and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. She received honorary degrees from at least nine colleges and universities. McPartland was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007 and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010.

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