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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Kendra Shank On Piano Jazz

The singer and guitarist joined host Marian McPartland in the spring of 2003.

Kendra Shank On Piano Jazz

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Lalo Schifrin On Piano Jazz

The composer behind the Mission: Impossible theme joined host Marian McPartland in 1997.

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Jeannie Cheatham On Piano Jazz

The pianist and singer joins host Marian McPartland for a duet version of "Perdido" in a 1989 session.

Jeannie Cheatham On Piano Jazz

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Toots Thielemans On Piano Jazz

The prolific jazz harmonica player, who passed away in 2016, joined Marian McPartland in 2005.

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Loston Harris On Piano Jazz

The singer and pianist performs "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me" with host Marian McPartland.

Loston Harris On Piano Jazz

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André Previn On Piano Jazz

The conductor, composer and pianist plays a special treatment of "Stormy Weather" in a 1990 session.

André Previn On Piano Jazz

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Patti Wicks On Piano Jazz

Hear the pianist and singer join Marian McPartland for a duet version of "Body And Soul."

Patti Wicks On Piano Jazz

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Grover Washington, Jr. On Piano Jazz

The Grammy-winning saxophonist plays Duke Ellington standards with host Marian McPartland in a 1994 session.

Grover Washington, Jr. On Piano Jazz

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Meredith D'Ambrosio On Piano Jazz

D'Ambrosio — a vocalist, pianist, visual artist, composer and teacher — joined Marian McPartland in 1994.

Meredith D'Ambrosio On Piano Jazz

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Lonnie Liston Smith On Piano Jazz

One of contemporary music's most versatile keyboardists, Smith joined Marian McPartland in 2002.

Lonnie Liston Smith In The Studio

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Nellie Lutcher On Piano Jazz

Hear the vocalist and pianist play her original tunes "Hurry On Down" and "Real Gone Guy."

Nellie Lutcher On Piano Jazz

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Richard Sudhalter On Piano Jazz

The cornetist and critic performs "Chasing Shadows" with Marian McPartland in a 1992 session.

Richard Sudhalter On Piano Jazz

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Sir Roland Hanna On Piano Jazz

The pianist plays his original tune "Portrait Of John Lewis" and duets with Marian McPartland at the 2002 Tanglewood Jazz Festival.

Sir Roland Hanna On Piano Jazz

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Mario Grigorov On Piano Jazz

The Bulgarian-born film composer and concert pianist performs original music in a 1995 session.

Mario Grigorov On Piano Jazz

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Esperanza Spalding On Piano Jazz

The bassist and singer performs "Prelude To A Kiss" with Marian McPartland in a 2008 session.

Esperanza Spalding On Piano Jazz

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