Marian McPartland, host of South Carolina ETV Radioâ??s national program, Piano Jazz, has died. She was 95.
â??Words cannot adequately express what Marian McPartland meant to ETV Radio, NPR, and especially for me.â?? Said Shari Hutchinson, ETVâ??s Radio Director and Poducer of Piano Jazz. â??Marian was of course the brilliant artist and beloved icon of Public Radio. I was able to work closely with one of the strongest, most successful, vital, creative women of her time, someone who overcame every obstacle and who pushed through every glass ceiling.â?? Hutchinson goes on to say that she is deeply saddened at her passing and at the same time profoundly joyful that McPartland let her into her life.
Marian McPartlandâ??s Piano Jazz became NPR Musicâ??s longest-running music program and spanned over three decades, featuring performers such as Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, Clint Eastwood, and Elvis Costello.
McPartland was awarded a Trusteeâ??s Award Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, and was named a Living Jazz Legend by the Kennedy Center. She was also appointed Officer of the British Empire in 2010.
ETV Radio will air a special tribute program on Saturday, August 24 at 8:00pm.