Renowned jazz pianist and composer Marian McPartland died on Tuesday, August 20, at age 95. She was a pioneer for women in the field of jazz, and became a popular and enthusiastic exponent of the genre all her life.
Born in England, McPartland met her Chicago-born husband, cornetist Jimmy McPartland, while on a USO tour in 1944. The two of them settled in Chicago after World War II but later moved to New York where McPartland’s career took off.
She appeared on television in its early days and started what would become a long career in radio in the early 1960s. In 1978, she began her long-running NPR radio series, Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, which earned her a Peabody Award.
McPartland was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2004. In October 2000, McPartland performed at Ravinia with two other legendary artists: Rosemary Clooney and Dave Brubek, a performance that was turned into a WTTW special. Watch Marian McPartland and Rosemary Clooney in an unforgettable rendition of the Gershwin classic, "Our Love is Here to Stay" in this web extra video.