Marian McPartland is a Jazz legend and host of one of the longest
running programs in the history of National Public Radio. Born in
England on March 20, 1918, she taught herself to play the piano
by ear at the age of three.
After receiving classical training in London, McPartland traveled
throughout Europe performing for Allied troops during World War
II. She has recorded almost 100 records for both existing labels
and Halcyon Records, which she started in 1970.
In 1964, McPartland began conducting a weekly radio program on
WBAI-FM/New York that featured recordings and interviews with guests.
It was picked up by the Pacifica Radio’s West Coast stations
and led to the creation of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz
for National Public Radio. The series debuted in April, 1979 and
is currently the longest-running cultural program on NPR. The show
received a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting in 1983.
In addition to her radio work and own recordings, McPartland has
composed material for other artists and continues to tour and teach.
She is committed to the cause of maintaining music education in
America’s public schools.
Marian McPartland was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2007.
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