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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Danilo Pérez On Piano Jazz

In a session from 1994, the Panamanian pianist plays tunes from Monk and Rollins, as well as his own composition, "Reminisce."

Danilo Pérez In The Studio

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Gary Burton On Piano Jazz

The vibraphonist performs a set of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington and others.

Gary Burton In The Studio

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Paul Shaffer On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1988, David Letterman's bandleader plays the standard "All The Things You Are" and teams up with host Marian McPartland for "Isn't She Lovely."

Paul Shaffer In The Studio

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Mimi Fox On Piano Jazz

The guitarist plays an original and then tears it up on a Cole Porter tune with Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.

Mimi Fox In The Studio

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Michel Petrucciani On Piano Jazz

In this program from 1987, Petrucciani, then 23, performs his own tune, "The Prayer," and host Marian McPartland joins him on "My Funny Valentine."

Michel Petrucciani In The Studio

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George Shearing's Holiday Set On Piano Jazz

In a 2001 session, Shearing and host Marian McPartland reminisce about seasons gone by and play holiday songs, including "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Away In A Manger."

George Shearing In The Studio

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Mel Torme On Piano Jazz

In this session from 1992, Torme performs his own songs, "Stranger In Town" and "Born to Be Blue," as well as favorites such as "Dream Dancing" and "Time After Time" with Marian McPartland.

Mel Tormé In The Studio

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Liz Story On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1993, Story plays "My Foolish Heart," and she and host Marian McPartland get together to perform "All The Things You Are."

Liz Story In The Studio

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Harry Connick Jr. On Piano Jazz

In this session from 1991, Connick sings and plays "They Didn't Believe Me" and joins host Marian McPartland for "Stompin' at the Savoy."

Harry Connick Jr. In The Studio

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Ravi Coltrane On Piano Jazz

Coltrane and host Marian McPartland discuss his family's musical heritage and his individual approach to music, with performances of "Naima" and Giant Steps," in a session from 2000.

Ravi Coltrane In The Studio

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Ruth Brown On Piano Jazz

Brown was one of the pioneers of R&B. In a 1993 session, she sang to host Marian McPartland's accompaniment in "Skylark" and "Fine And Mellow."

Ruth Brown In The Studio

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Pete Jolly On Piano Jazz

On this 1986 episode of Piano Jazz, Jolly demonstrates his swinging piano style with a solo in "You, The Night And The Music." Then, host Marian McPartland joins in for a performance of "Barbados."

Pete Jolly In The Studio

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Kenny Drew Jr. On Piano Jazz

In this 1992 session, Drew interprets Thelonious Monk's "In Walked Bud." Then, he and host Marian McPartland collaborate in a performance of "Falling In Love with You."

Kenny Drew Jr. In The Studio

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Roy Hargrove On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1998, Hargrove joins host Marian McPartland for "I Wish I Knew," and McPartland performs her original "Threnody."

Roy Hargrove In The Studio

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Cassandra Wilson On Piano Jazz

In 1999, host Marian McPartland welcomed the vocalist in for an hour of jazz standards, including "Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and "Old Devil Moon."

Cassandra Wilson In The Studio

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