Consummate jazz pianist, composer and radio host Marian McPartland died Tuesday (August 20) at her home in Port Washington, NY. She was 95 years old.
One of the pioneering women in the male-dominated field of jazz, McPartland was a regular visitor to Nippertown over the course of her long musical career, frequently performing at the Van Dyck in Schenectady. She also played memorable concerts at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and WAMC-FM’s The Linda.
Perhaps best known as the host of NPR’s weekly, award-winning “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz” radio show for more than 30 years, McPartland also performed almost annually through 2008 at Tanglewood’s Jazz Weekend, where she taped live concert editions of “Piano Jazz” with a wide variety of special guests and duet partners, ranging from Mulgrew Miller and Renee Rosnes to Elvis Costello and Norah Jones.
Peter Keepnews’ obituary for Marian McPartland at The New York Times