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Beloved Jazz Pianist and Radio Host Marian McPartland Dies at 95

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Award-winning jazz pianist Marian McPartland has died at the age of 95. The longtime Concord Jazz recording artist and host of the National Public Radio show “Piano Jazz” died of natural causes August 20, 2013 at her Port Washington home in Long Island, NY.

Over a career that spanned more than six decades, McPartland became a fixture in the jazz world as a talented musician and well-loved radio personality. Her legacy of achievement and advocacy on behalf of up-and-coming artists had long established her as an invaluable figure in modern culture.

In 29 years with Concord Jazz, McPartland released over 50 albums – a remarkable feat, combined with more than 30 years at the helm of “Piano Jazz,” the longest running cultural program on NPR. The long list of honors bestowed upon McPartland and the show include a George Foster Peabody Award, the Gracie Allen Award given by American Women in Radio and Television, the National Music Council’s American Eagle Award and a GRAMMY┬« Trustee’s Award for lifetime achievement.

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