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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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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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Benny Green On Piano Jazz

The pianist brings his swinging style and musical sensitivity to tunes such as "What Are You Doing With The Rest Of Your Life?" and "You Make Me Feel So Young" in a 2003 session.

Benny Green In The Studio

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Joe Wilder On Piano Jazz

Piano Jazz honors the legendary trumpeter Joe Wilder. In this 2000 session, Wilder joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Rufus Reid for the Gershwin's "Lady Be Good."

Joe Wilder In The Studio

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Freddy Cole On Piano Jazz

Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. He brings this special ability to "Sometimes I'm Happy" in 1998 session.

Freddy Cole In The Studio

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Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On Piano Jazz

It's rare to have three great pianists at three pianos in one studio. Charlap and Rosnes join host Marian McPartland in this 2008 session for a trio of "You and the Night and the Music."

Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes In The Studio

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Chris Potter On Piano Jazz

The saxophonist is an expressive, inventive, quick-thinking improviser. In a 2001 session, Potter performs "I Should Care" with bassist Scott Colley.

Chris Potter In The Studio

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Makoto Ozoné On Piano Jazz

The pianist solos in his original "Lullaby for Rabbit," host Marian McPartland performs a "Portrait of Makoto Ozoné," and together they enjoy musical jokes in Sonny Rollins' "Sonnymoon for Two."

Makoto Ozoné In The Studio

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Christian McBride On Piano Jazz

On this program from 2001, the bassist takes center stage to discuss his favorite gigs and jam with host Marian McPartland in "Billie's Bounce" and "Midnight Sun."

Christian McBride In The Studio

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Oscar Peterson On Piano Jazz

Oscar Peterson was one of the giants of jazz piano. On this program from 1998, Peterson demonstrates his deft touch and amazing technique.

Oscar Peterson In The Studio

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Burt Bacharach On Piano Jazz

In this session from 2005, the prolific songwriter performs some of his most famous works, such as "What the World Needs Now is Love" and "Close to You."

Burt Bacharach In The Studio

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Alicia Keys On Piano Jazz

In this session from 2003, Keys plays one of her signature tunes, "Fallin,'" and joins host Marian McPartland in singing "Good Morning Heartache."

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Jessica Williams On Piano Jazz

Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard." She digs up an old tune and calls two Monk numbers on this 1992 episode of the program.

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Carmen Lundy On Piano Jazz

The contralto joined host Marian McPartland in 2000 to perform "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and Lundy's own piece, "Quiet Times."

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