• Margarett Cooper -- Host-an-Hour

    September 22, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    WBGO says farewell to our dear friend Margarett Cooper, who passed away Friday at age 99. Margarett was a true member of the WBGO family, and lived so many things the rest of us can only read about. As we remember her, we'd like to share audio from the unforgettable hour she spent with us on the air in 2010. Farewell Margarett, we will miss you!

    Part I

    Part II

    Cooper

    Margarett Cooper hosted an hour with me in the spring of 2010, a gift from WBGO supporter Gordon Davis.  96, she was, at the time.   Everyone kept mentioning her age, but her spirit belied her age.

    I especially enjoyed hearing stories about her hearing performances of Art Tatum and the other jazz greats she wanted to play as a guest DJ.    She said she was nervous, but her hour was sweet and swinging -- like Margarett Cooper herself.

    She was planning her next host-an-hour when she passed away. one month shy of her hundredth birthday. For us, she is ageless.

    - Michael Bourne


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