Grammy academy salutes McPartland for ‘timeless legacy’ of music

The Recording Academy presented a 2004 Trustees Award to jazz pianist and public radio host Marian McPartland.

The award recognizes “music people who have made the greatest impact on our culture,” said Neil Portnow, president of the Academy.

“Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy that has positively affected multiple generations and will continue to influence generations to come.”

Through her public radio series Piano Jazz, McPartland has introduced generations of listeners to the genre.

The series, which received a George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, celebrates its 25th anniversary this spring. McPartland, 85, also operates her own recording label and continues to record, tour, lecture and teach.

The Academy presented the Trustees Award to McPartland during a Feb. 7 ceremony in Los Angeles and announced it the following night during the CBS broadcast of the 46th annual Grammy Awards.

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