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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Dr. John On Piano Jazz

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.

Dr. John On Piano Jazz

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Eubie Blake On Piano Jazz

On this program from 1980, Blake remembers his vaudeville days and writing the classic songs "Charleston Rag" and "I'm Just Wild About Harry."

Eubie Blake In The Studio

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30 Years Of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

With more than 700 episodes and almost as many guests, we celebrate three decades of Piano Jazz with 30 of our favorite moments. Explore the jazz and conversation with pioneering jazz vocalist Mary Lou Williams, soul legend Ray Charles and many more.

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Blossom Dearie On Piano Jazz

Host Marian McPartland calls Dearie an "incandescent singer and pianist" whose "delicate, swinging style makes every song a musical gem." The vocalist and pianist died this past year of natural causes. Piano Jazz remembers her life and music in an archival interview and performance.

Blossom Dearie On Piano Jazz

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Matthew Shipp On Piano Jazz

Pianist and composer Matthew Shipp has an intricate and heady approach to his music, with avant-garde impulses that have led him to experiment with free jazz styles, tape loops and even turntable artists. Here, Shipp settles into one of his favorite environs, the duo format, as he and McPartland explore the outer reaches on "Naima" and Shipp's own "Gamma Ray."

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Jesse Green On Piano Jazz

A small town in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania is home to more than its share of talented jazz musicians. Pianist Jesse Green is the son of a trombonist and a singer who moved to the Delaware Water Gap, and still lives there today.

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Diana Krall On Piano Jazz

Grammy-winning jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall has long found favor with traditional jazz enthusiasts and mainstream pop fans alike. But before her star had risen, she recorded this interview and studio performance with Marian McPartland on Piano Jazz.

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Dizzy Gillespie On Piano Jazz

One of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century joined host Marian McPartland to play music, talk about the origin of the term "bebop" and share how he came to love Cuban music.

Dizzy Gillespie On Piano Jazz

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Stephane Grappelli On Piano Jazz

In an archival show from 1990, Piano Jazz celebrates the centennial of Stephane Grappelli, one of the jazz world's greatest violinists. Grappelli first found fame in France with Django Reinhart's Quintette du Hot Club. He went on to an illustrious career playing with everyone from Oscar Peterson to Paul Simon to Yo-Yo Ma.

Stephane Grappelli On Piano Jazz

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Elizabeth Doyle On Piano Jazz

Singer, pianist, and composer Elizabeth Doyle is one of Chicago's most captivating performers. She blends a dreamy vocal style with swinging piano work, deftly accompanying herself on both classic standards and her own compositions.

Elizabeth Doyle On Piano Jazz

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Radio Legend Studs Terkel On Piano Jazz

A true legend of public radio and a longtime friend of host Marian McPartland, Studs Terkel appeared on Piano Jazz in 1992 for a special fundraising edition. The two quizzed each other about radio, shared memories of jazz personalities and improvised music and conversation.

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Frank Morgan On Piano Jazz

Saxophonist Frank Morgan led a life compelling enough for the big screen. A protege of Charlie Parker, Morgan took a dark turn that led to drugs, prison and, ultimately, redemption through music.

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Bobby Broom On Piano Jazz

The guitarist was recruited by Sonny Rollins at age 16, and he's been dazzling listeners and fellow musicians ever since. Hear him perform The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" with host Marian McPartland.

Bobby Broom On Piano Jazz

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Jeremy Monteiro On Piano Jazz

Monteiro grew up watching his father play jazz guitar in Singapore. Now, after recording 20 albums as a leader, the pianist remains a statesman for jazz throughout Southeast Asia.

Jeremy Monteiro On Piano Jazz

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Max Roach On Piano Jazz

Roach was one of jazz's legendary drummers — an innovator and co-creator of what became known as bebop. In this program from 1998, Roach relates a few memories of performing with Bird, Monk and Diz.

Max Roach In The Studio

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