NEW YORK — Marian McPartland, a renowned jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show “Piano Jazz,” has died at the age of 95, NPR said today.
McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her Port Washington home on Long Island.
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.
In an interview with The Associated Press in 2007, the 89-year-old said she saw no reason to retire.
“Retire? Why retire? I’ve got a job, I’m making money, and I like what I do. Why retire?” she asked. “I think I’ll jump out of a cake, or something.”
Charming, energetic, and always ready for a musical adventure, McPartland was well-suited to the role of live radio host. She told the AP in a 2000 interview that she wasn’t thrown off when a guest changed keys in the middle of a show.
“I’m not afraid, for the most part, of anything,” she said. “Somebody said, `You’re like someone who rides a bucking bronco. You’ll ride anything that comes along.”’