It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of two shining lights in the jazz community with both Marian McPartland & Sathima Bea Benjamin passing away on August 20th, 2013.
McPartland, a pianist and a host on NPR, is remembered for her 20+ records as well as her illuminating interviews and analysis heard over NPR’s radio waves. She passed at the age of 95 of natural causes.
Sathima Bea Benjamin recorded extensively as a vocalist and composer and was also married to Abdullah Ibrahim whom she managed and launched a record label (ekapa records) with. Benjamin passed at the age of 76 and is survived by her husband, Abdullah Ibrahim, her son, and her daughter, rapper Jean Grae.
Our thoughts and prayers are the families and friends of Marian McPartland & Sathima Bea Benjamin.