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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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George Wallington On Piano Jazz

The bop pianist joined Marian McPartland in 1985, not long after a hiatus of nearly 25 years.

George Wallington In The Studio

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Kyle Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Hear a 1999 session with the bassist, who's since had a prolific career as a film and TV composer.

Kyle Eastwood In The Studio

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Margaret Whiting On Piano Jazz

Over a decades-long career, Whiting sang everything from jazz and pop standards to country music.

Margaret Whiting In The Studio

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Sammy Price On Piano Jazz

In a 1986 session, the session pianist and Lester Young collaborator demonstrated his boogie-woogie style.

Sammy Price In The Studio

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Joe Lovano And Dave Holland On Piano Jazz

The saxophonist and bassist formed a dynamic trio with Marian McPartland for this 2000 session.

Joe Lovano And Dave Holland In The Studio

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Ray Brown On Piano Jazz

The bassist, famous for his precision and beautiful tone, joined Marian McPartland in 1996.

Ray Brown In The Studio

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Onaje Allan Gumbs On Piano Jazz

Inspired early on by Henry Mancini, the pianist has since played with Woody Shaw and Nat Adderley.

Onaje Allan Gumbs In The Studio

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Clark Terry On Piano Jazz

This 1994 session captures the master trumpeter's dazzling technique, magic and humor.

Clark Terry In The Studio

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Ernestine Anderson On Piano Jazz

Known for her vocal warmth and rich intensity, the singer joined Marian McPartland in 1996.

Ernestine Anderson In The Studio

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Hiromi On Piano Jazz

Marian McPartland improvises a "Portrait" of the talented Japanese pianist in this 2004 session.

Hiromi In The Studio

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Arturo O'Farrill On Piano Jazz

The pianist and bandleader joined Marian McPartland in 2002 to perform a duet of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave."

Arturo O'Farrill In The Studio

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Bertha Hope On Piano Jazz

The pianist performs her own "In Search Of Hope" and "Nieta," a tune by her late husband Elmo Hope.

Bertha Hope In The Studio

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Kenny Burrell On Piano Jazz

The subtle, lyrical guitarist plays a delightful solo rendition of "Round Midnight" and duets with host Marian McPartland in "Don't Worry 'Bout Me."

Kenny Burrell In The Studio

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Skitch Henderson On Piano Jazz

Henderson, the original Tonight Show bandleader, also worked as a piano soloist on Frank Sinatra's and Bing Crosby's radio shows. Hear a session from 1992.

Skitch Henderson In The Studio

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Corky Hale On Piano Jazz

The pioneering pianist, harpist, flutist and cellist has worked with Mel Tormé and Billie Holiday.

Corky Hale In The Studio

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