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Date Of BirthMarch 20, 1918
DiedAugust 20, 2013, Port Washington, Town of North Hempstead, New York, United States
SpouseJimmy McPartland
FactIn the U.S. from 1946.

Marian McPartland was born on March 20, 1918, in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England. Her parents were James and Dorothy McPartland. She had two sisters, Dorothy and Sheila. Marian was educated at St. Mary’s Convent in Ascot and the Guildhall School of Music in London.

Marian began her career as a professional musician in the early 1940s, playing piano in dance bands in England. In 1944, she married trumpeter Jimmy McPartland and the couple moved to the United States. Marian became a naturalized citizen in 1951.

Marian’s career took off in the 1950s when she began appearing on television and radio programs. She also recorded several albums for the Verve and Columbia labels. In 1955, she launched her own radio program, “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” which aired on National Public Radio for 37 years.

Marian was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship in 1998. She continued to perform and record until her death on August 20, 2013, at the age of 95.

Marian’s net worth at the time of her death was estimated to be $10 million. She was survived by her husband, Jimmy, and their two children, James and Elizabeth.

General Info

Full NameMarian McPartland
Date Of BirthMarch 20, 1918
DiedAugust 20, 2013, Port Washington, Town of North Hempstead, New York, United States
ProfessionJazz Pianist, Writer, Composer, Radio personality, In the Days of Our Love, Almost Blue, Twilight World
EducationGuildhall School of Music and Drama


SpouseJimmy McPartland
ParentsFrank Turner, Janet Turner, In the Days of Our Love, Almost Blue, Twilight World
SiblingsJoyce Turner


AwardsPeabody Award, Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada, Grammy Trustees Award, In the Days of Our Love, Almost Blue, Twilight World
MoviesJazzscapes: Music with a View: Into the Evening, Art Tatum: The Art of Jazz Piano

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1My mother said, "Oh, you'll come to no good, you'll marry a musician and live in an attic." Of course, that did happen.


1USA [May 2010]
2She celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by friends and celebrities at Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, New York City. She played several of her signature tunes, as well as selections from her latest album, "Twilight World". [March 2008]
3Popular host of the internationally syndicated radio show "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz".
4In the U.S. from 1946.
5Trained as a classical pianist at the Guildhall School of Music in London.
6She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to music and radio in the United States.
7She met Chicago jazz musician Jimmy McPartland during WWII when they were entertaining troops in Belgium in 1944. After the war, he introduced his British war bride to American jazz audiences.
8She remarried Jimmy McPartland in early 1991, but he died shortly after.
9Jazz pianist.
10Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999.
11Jazz musician.



The IT CrowdTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2008 writer - 2 episodes, 2008
The Human Stain2003performer: "Day Dream" 1939
Knockaround Guys2001writer: "Small Talk"


The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Jazz Pianist / NPR Radio Host (In Memoriam) (credit only)
The Girls in the Band2011DocumentaryHerself
In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland2011DocumentaryHerself - Jazz Pianist
Long Island Music Hall of Fame's 1st Induction Awards Gala2006TV MovieHerself
Culture Shock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
A Great Day in Harlem1994DocumentaryHerself
Jazz 6251964TV SeriesHerself
Showtime1961TV SeriesHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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