For Immediate Release – 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.
“What a truly wonderful and amazing lady,” says
John Burk, Chief Creative Office, Concord Music Group. “We were very
lucky to have her in our lives and to be involved in such a great
“I’m sad that Marian has passed away – but what an
example of a life fully-lived,” Nick Phillips, Concord’s VP of A&R
and Catalog Development, says. “Marian was one of the most motivated and
driven artists I’ve ever worked with. She also
had a super-sharp sense of humor and knew how to laugh and have a good
McPartland’s first recording for Concord Jazz, From This Moment On,
was released April 30, 1979. Concord also released a series of CDs
selected from her “Piano Jazz” radio shows featuring legendary musicians
joining McPartland for
a fantastic combination of conversation and music-making. Her final
Twilight World, which she recorded at age 89, was released March 11, 2008.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.