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.

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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.

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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.

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Our thoughts and prayers are the families and friends of Marian McPartland & Sathima Bea Benjamin.

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