Remembering Marian McPartland

By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
August 21, 2013

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Jazz pianist and host of NPR’s long-running “Piano Jazz” program Marian McPartland has died. One of her friends remembers her as a talented musician who was able to bring her love of jazz to others.

John Schreiber, the head of NJPAC, was a long-time friend of McPartland’s. He first met her at one of her gigs in Greenwich Village in the 1970s. As a white female jazz musician from England, McPartland was a unique figure in the jazz world. But Schreiber says she had a rare ability to share her love and enthusiasm for jazz with listeners of all kinds.

“She was an extraordinary ambassador for the music to folks who were jazz aficionados and to folks who’d never heard a note of jazz in their life. And she was not only a brilliant musician but she was a great communicator, of course. And “Piano Jazz” enabled all sorts of citizens to appreciate the music in ways that they never, ever would have without it.”

McPartland died from natural causes on Tuesday at her home on Long Island. She was 95 years old.


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