Marian McPartland, host of NPR’s “Piano Jazz” has died of natural causes at the age of 95. NPR reports McPartland passed away at her Long Island N.Y. home.
McPartland — born Margaret Marian Turner in Slough, England — was a pianist from the age of three. “I don’t remember ever not playing piano,” McPartland told NPR in 2005. “Day and night, wherever I was … at my aunt’s house, at kindergarten — wherever they had a piano, I played it. Of course, on the BBC they played all the hits from over here [in the U.S.]. They played them, I heard them and I learned them.”
After marrying cornetist Jimmy McPartland, Marian traveled with her husband to the U.S. She went on to host “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz” on NPR for more than four decades.