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July 26, 2013 Piano Jazz celebrates its 30th anniversary with a return visit from pianist, composer and arranger Dick Hyman, who appeared on the show during its first season in 1979. Always the fleet-fingered pianist and versatile musician, Hyman performs Gershwin, Jobim and a James P. Johnson rag before winding up the hour playing an improvised blues tune with host Marian McPartland.
March 9, 2012 The New York pianist combines uplifting elegance with jaw-dropping chops, on everything from ragtime to bebop and beyond. He turned 85 this week, but he's still performing, writing and teaching. Hear five examples of his many talents.
Fats Waller seemed to pack 10 lifetimes of fun into his 39 years on the planet.
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April 12, 2010 Born out of Harlem in the 1920s, stride pianists took the basic left-hand "oompah" rhythm of ragtime, but played it with more swing and complexity, while the right hand played the melody and the ever-increasing improvisations upon it. Read and hear a five-song introduction to a style that travels great distances up and down the keyboard.
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