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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Dr. Billy Taylor On Piano Jazz

On this 2007 program, recorded before a live audience at the John F. Kennedy Center, Taylor performs his tunes "In Loving Memory" and "If You Really Are Concerned."

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Betty Buckley On Piano Jazz

The Broadway and screen actress known for her Tony-winning role in Cats, among many other major productions, has recorded 15 solo albums with another on the way. Along with musical director Kenny Werner, she joined Marian McPartland in 2007 for a session of standards.

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Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

Costello joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi to perform "At Last" and more.

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Carline Ray On Piano Jazz

The multi-instrumentalist joins Marian McPartland for Duke Ellington and Gershwin tunes in 1997.

Carline Ray On Piano Jazz

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Eliane Elias On Piano Jazz

She plays and sings a previously unreleased Evans tune, "Here Is Something for You," for which she has written a lyric, and host Marian McPartland gives her own Evans tribute on "B Minor Waltz."

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Kate McGarry On Piano Jazz

The singer and songwriter grew up with Celtic and pop music in her home, and after discovering Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, she became known as a folksy jazz vocalist. She visits the program along with keyboardist Gary Versace.

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Rosemary Clooney On Piano Jazz

On this archival program from 1992, Clooney reminisces about her singing career with her sister Betty in Tony Pastor's band. Her rich, smooth voice and skillful phrasing add to the deep feeling in "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and the challenging "Lush Life."

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Chuck Mangione On Piano Jazz

Mangione and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi team up with host Marian McPartland to perform dynamic trio work in a session from 1999. The set includes Mangione's famous tune "Feels So Good," as well as a few beloved standards.

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Kenny Barron On Piano Jazz

The pianist performs "Clouds" and pairs with host Marian McPartland for "How Deep Is The Ocean?" in 2003.

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Twilight World: Remembering Marian McPartland

The pianist and composer valued sophisticated harmonies, aching melodies and a tremendous emotional range. Here, we feature her original compositions and musical collaborations with Sarah Vaughan, Karrin Allison, Thad Jones, Elvis Costello and more.

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Marian McPartland, Jazz Pianist And NPR Host, Has Died

As the host of a weekly public radio program pairing conversation and duet performances, McPartland brought many jazz greats to an audience of millions. For more than 40 years, she offered an intimate perspective on the elusive topic of improvisation.

Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died

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Jimmy Heath On Piano Jazz

Heath joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Rufus Reid for an hour of unforgettable talk and music, including "You've Changed" and Heath's most famous tune, "Gingerbread Boy."

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Boz Scaggs On Piano Jazz

The singer-songwriter and guitarist plays a couple of Gershwin tunes with host Marian McPartland.

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Dick Hyman On Piano Jazz

Piano Jazz celebrates its 30th anniversary with a return visit from pianist, composer and arranger Dick Hyman, who appeared on the show during its first season in 1979. Always the fleet-fingered pianist and versatile musician, Hyman performs Gershwin, Jobim and a James P. Johnson rag before winding up the hour playing an improvised blues tune with host Marian McPartland.

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John Bunch On Piano Jazz

Bunch learned to arrange for big bands while held captive in a German POW camp during WWII. After returning stateside, he worked with the likes of Woody Herman, Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman, and was Tony Bennett's pianist for a number of years. Bunch died earlier this year, so Piano Jazz remembers him with this 1991 session.