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The NPR Jazz Divas

   From left, Nancy Wilson, Marian McPartland and Dee Dee Bridgewater

NPR jazz divas Nancy Wilson, Marian McPartland and Dee Dee Bridgewater joined Neal to discuss the world of jazz and their experiences as radio hosts and performing artists. Each host also performed in NPR's Studio 4A in front of an invited live audience.

listen Marian McPartland plays "Willow Weep for Me"

listen Nancy Wilson sings "My One and Only Love"

listen Dee Dee Bridgewater sings "Bye Bye Blackbird"

listen The hosts join to perform "It's Almost Like Being in Love"

Nancy Wilson has hosted NPR's Jazz Profiles, radio's first and only documentary series, since its debut in 1996. An Emmy and Grammy Award winner, Wilson is a vocalist and all-around performer with over 49 years in the music business.

Legendary jazz pianist Marian McPartland has showcased the jazz world's greatest artists for the past 23 years as the host of NPR's longest-running and most widely carried jazz program, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. She is a legendary jazz musician, having spent more than 60 years in music, from her earliest job in a vaudeville show to her current schedule of performances, tours and show tapings.

Dee Dee Bridgewater is the jazz lover's ears and eyes as she takes radio listeners to jazz performance stages around the world each week on NPR's JazzSet. Long recognized as one of the finest and most versatile jazz singers of her generation, Dee Dee Bridgewater is known for her mesmerizing live performances. She joined NPR as the host of JazzSet in 2001.

NPR Jazz Resources

videoMarian McPartland's Piano Jazz

videoPortraits by Marian McPartland in the NPR Shop

videoNPR's Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson

videoJazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater