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Ayako Shirasaki On Piano Jazz

Hear the Japanese pianist perform her compositions "Falling Leaves" and "Far Away."

Ayako Shirasaki In The Studio
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Barbara Lea On Piano Jazz

The respected vocalist joins Marian McPartland for a tribute to songwriter Hoagy Carmichael.

Barbara Lea In The Studio
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Paul Bley On Piano Jazz

The avant-garde pianist performed original motifs and a free duet with Marian McPartland in 2000.

Paul Bley In The Studio
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The Music Of Marian McPartland On Piano Jazz

Hear McPartland's compositions performed by Sarah Vaughan, Cleo Laine and more.

The Music Of Marian McPartland
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Harold Mabern On Piano Jazz

McPartland caught the Memphis-born pianist for a session just before he left for a 1991 Japan tour.

Harold Mabern In The Studio
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Mark Murphy On Piano Jazz

The vocalist, acompanied by bassist Sean Smith, performs "Song For The Geese" in this 1998 session.

Mark Murphy In The Studio
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Jay Leonhart On Piano Jazz

Hear the bassist and singer perform his composition "Blues For Marilyn" and several standards.

Jay Leonhart In The Studio
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Sumi Tonooka On Piano Jazz

The imaginative pianist swings with easy grace while playing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in 1992.

Sumi Tonooka In The Studio
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Phil Woods On Piano Jazz

A true master of bebop, the saxophonist showcased his formidable technique in this 2003 session.

Phil Woods In The Studio
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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber

Jon Batiste On Piano Jazz

The Colbert bandleader sings "What A Wonderful World" in a 2011 session with guest host Jon Weber.

Jon Batiste In The Studio
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