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Stefon Harris On Piano Jazz

Vibraphonist Stefon Harris is one of the most innovative and impressive artists in jazz, blazing new trails on vibraphone and marimba.

Stefon Harris On Piano Jazz

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Rachel Z On Piano Jazz

On this 1999 episode of Piano Jazz, Rachel Z performs her original "Gently Sleeps the Pear Tree" and she and McPartland switch gears with "All the Things You Are."

Rachel Z On Piano Jazz

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Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz

The iconic vocalist makes an appearance on 'Piano Jazz' and shares his inspirations.

Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz

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Don Byron On Piano Jazz

The decorated musician demonstrates his musical flexibility with McPartland on this episode of Piano Jazz.

Don Byron On Piano Jazz

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Barbara Carroll On Piano Jazz

In this episode of Piano Jazz, we celebrate the longstanding career of Barbara Carroll.

Barbara Carroll On Piano Jazz

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Marcia Ball On Piano Jazz

Marcia Ball bends our understanding of blues with her melding of deep southern melodies and rhythms.

Marcia Ball On Piano Jazz

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Geri Allen On Piano Jazz

An unequivocal jazz figure, we remember and celebrate Geri Allen's genre-bending influence on contemporary jazz.

Geri Allen On Piano Jazz

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Ben Sidran On Piano Jazz

On this episode from 1989, the composer, pianist and song stylist joins McPartland for a duet and some of his own songs.

Ben Sidran On Piano Jazz

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Barbara Cook On Piano Jazz

This week's Piano Jazz from 1998 remembers lyric soprano Barbara Cook, a Broadway star, staple of the New York cabaret scene and favorite of audiences around the world.

Barbara Cook On Piano Jazz

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Harry 'Sweets' Edison On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1999, broadcast just months before Edison died, the legendary jazz trumpeter joins Marian McPartland for a few classics and an original.

Harry 'Sweets' Edison On Piano Jazz

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Virginia Mayhew On Piano Jazz

Saxophonist, composer and bandleader Virginia Mayhew joins forces with Marian McPartland to perform "All the Things You Are" and "Body and Soul" on this 1998 episode of Piano Jazz.

Virginia Mayhew On Piano Jazz

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Don Friedman On Piano Jazz

The classically-trained jazz pianist enchanted audiences during his lifetime. In celebration of his 83rd birthday, hear his Piano Jazz performance from 1996.

Don Friedman On Piano Jazz

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Eliane Elias On Piano Jazz

Brazilian pianist, composer, and vocalist Eliane Elias is a renowned artist in her home country and in the American jazz scene. Hear her first Piano Jazz performance from 1988.

Eliane Elias On Piano Jazz

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Willie Pickens On Piano Jazz

Chicago jazz mainstay Willie Pickens died this past December at age 86. Revisit his performance with McPartland in this 1997 episode of Piano Jazz.

Willie Pickens On Piano Jazz

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Cleo Brown On Piano Jazz

Cleo Brown makes a rare appearance to perform her greatest hit, "Pinetop's Boogie-Woogie," and to recall the style's heyday in the 1930s.

Cleo Brown On Piano Jazz

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Nicholas Payton On Piano Jazz

The trumpet prodigy learned how to improv from fellow New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis. Payton was only in his 20s when he visited with McPartland for this 1998 episode.

Nicholas Payton On Piano Jazz

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Cecil Taylor On Piano Jazz

Cecil Taylor encompasses a never-ending range of sound and emotion. Hear an archival session with Marian McPartland from 1994.

Cecil Taylor On Piano Jazz

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Gil Goldstein On Piano Jazz

In this 2001 episode, the D.C. native and frequent film composer performs his original "City Lights" as well as demonstrates his chops on the accordion.

Gil Goldstein On Piano Jazz

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Earma Thompson On Piano Jazz

She was a mainstay on the Chicago jazz scene for over 50 years before releasing an album as a bandleader herself. On this 2005 episode of Piano Jazz, the pianist performs tracks off Just In Time.

Earma Thompson On Piano Jazz

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Jimmy McPartland On Piano Jazz

Revisit this 1990 episode featuring the legendary cornetist as he teams up with his wife, host Marian McPartland, to perform "St. James Infirmary."

Jimmy McPartland On Piano Jazz

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Carol Sloane On Piano Jazz

Sloane's command of The Great American Songbook is unmatched. Revisit this singer's performance of standards such as "Cheek to Cheek" in this 2002 episode.

Carol Sloane On Piano Jazz

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Frank Kimbrough On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz, the pianist and master collaborator displays his graceful, romantic style and duets with host Marian McPartland.

Frank Kimbrough On Piano Jazz

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