Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Fans of jazz know her name - and her work. She had a particular specialty.
Marian McPartland, jazz pianist and host of a longtime NPR radio program devoted to jazz, has died.
NPR reports McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home on Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.
McPartland, says NPR, reached an audience of millions in her career. The British-born McPartland started playing piano at age 3, toured with the USO and played jazz in clubs in New York in the 1950s. When rock 'n' roll took over the scene, she went into radio.
She launched her Piano Jazz program in 1979 on NPR and delighted audiences with her interviews and duets until she stepped down in 2011.
She won a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2004, and just before her 90th birthday, she composed and performed a symphonic piece, A Portrait of Rachel Carson.