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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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Liz Magnes On Piano Jazz

Revisit the Israeli jazz pianist's set of classics and originals, featuring a song performed with host Marian McPartland in this 1997 episode.

Liz Magnes On Piano Jazz

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Lorraine Desmarais On Piano Jazz

The award-winning jazz artist performs original compositions and a set of standards during this 1991 episode.

Lorraine Desmarais On Piano Jazz

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Don Pullen On Piano Jazz

The brilliant pianist played church music and R&B before joining Charles Mingus' band and forming his own quartet. He joins Marian McPartland for a song in this 1989 episode.

Don Pullen On Piano Jazz

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Beegie Adair On Piano Jazz

Hear the Nashville pianist play an original tune she wrote for a friend's Christmas present and join host Marian McPartland for a duet on this 1991 episode.

Beegie Adair On Piano Jazz

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Claudio Roditi On Piano Jazz

The versatile trumpeter made his way from Brazil to the New York jazz scene in the 1970s. Hear him perform with host Marian McPartland in this 1996 episode.

Claudio Roditi On Piano Jazz

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Ellyn Rucker On Piano Jazz

On this 1993 episode, the versatile vocalist and pianist joins host Marian McPartland to play the title song from her album This Heart Of Mine.

Ellyn Rucker On Piano Jazz

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Ruth Laredo On Piano Jazz

Hear "America's First Lady of the Piano" explore the boundaries between classical music and jazz with host Marian McPartland in this 2004 episode.

Ruth Laredo On Piano Jazz

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Teri Thornton On Piano Jazz

Revisit this 1999 episode of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, featuring the late vocalist and pianist a year before she lost her battle with cancer.

Teri Thornton On Piano Jazz

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Makoto Ozone On Piano Jazz

Revisit the pianist's first appearance on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, back when he was still a rising star in 1984.

Makoto Ozone On Piano Jazz

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Holly Hofmann On Piano Jazz

Hear the classically trained flutist bring her bluesy style to this 2002 episode, featuring a performance with Marian McPartland.

Holly Hofmann On Piano Jazz

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Dave Douglas On Piano Jazz

Hear the boundary-pushing trumpeter play a tribute to Mary Lou Williams with host Marian McPartland in this 2000 episode.

Dave Douglas On Piano Jazz

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Veronica Nunn On Piano Jazz

Hear the jazz singer demonstrate her soulful technique in this 2008 episode hosted by Marian McPartland.

Veronica Nunn On Piano Jazz

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Ernie Andrews On Piano Jazz

Hear the vocalist bring his own special mix of energy, drama and humor to this 1998 episode with host Marian McPartland.

Ernie Andrews On Piano Jazz

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Lee Konitz On Piano Jazz

The alto saxophonist stops by to present a master class in improvisation on the standards with host Marian McPartland.

Lee Konitz On Piano Jazz

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Patrice Rushen On Piano Jazz

Hear the songwriter and master keyboardist perform with host Marian McPartland on this 1987 episode.

Patrice Rushen On Piano Jazz

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