Pianist Bill Evans was a giant of jazz piano and one of Marian McPartland's first guests on Piano Jazz in 1979. On this program, the usually quiet and reserved musical genius opens up about his approach and philosophy.
Pianist, composer and NEA Jazz Master Chick Corea is one of the most creative and inventive musicians in jazz today. On this episode of Piano Jazz from 2002, he solos in "Monk's Mood" and joins host Marian McPartland for an evocative version of his legendary tune "Spain."
Elling's commanding, richly grained baritone voice is the perfect vehicle for jazz songs, whether reworked classics or original compositions. Fusing jazz and poetry, Elling performs a series of Ornette Coleman poems with freeform accompaniment by host Marian McPartland.
Kuhn is a highly accomplished pianist, a creative composer and a longtime friend of host Marian McPartland. In his youth, Kuhn played with Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz and John Coltrane. Over the years, he's honed a unique style built on melodic variation and his ceaseless imagination.
Country music legend Willie Nelson and jazz guitarist Jackie King join host Marian McPartland for this session from 2002. The "Red-Headed Stranger" brings his country, blues and gospel influences to bear on standards like "The Nearness of You" and Nelson's 1961 hit for Patsy Cline, "Crazy."
A pianist, singer, composer and icon, Dr. John blends soul, pop, rock, jazz, zydeco and an unmistakable voice to create his unique take on New Orleans' musical flavor. In this session from 1989, Dr. John performs "Struttin' With Some BBQ" and his hit tune "Right Place, Wrong Time," among others.