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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Eddie Gomez On Piano Jazz

Hear the former Bill Evans Trio bassist play "Stella by Starlight" with host Marian McPartland.

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Kenny Werner On Piano Jazz

The pianist is a musician for whom creativity is a credo and improvisation a way of life. Transforming brilliant technique into unbridled creativity is not only Werner's musical mission; it's also the subject of his popular book, Effortless Mastery. Hear an interview and performance.

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Robert Glasper On Piano Jazz

Glasper jams with host Marian McPartland on Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" in a 2006 session.

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Anat Cohen on Piano Jazz

Israeli export Anat Cohen is equally conversant in modern and traditional jazz, classical music, and a host of Afro-Cuban styles. The exciting tenor saxophonist and clarinetist joins a quartet with Marian McPartland.

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Carli Muñoz On Piano Jazz

The Puerto Rican pianist and jazz club owner duets with Marian McPartland on Cole Porter's "So In Love" and more.

Carli Munoz On Piano Jazz

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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.

Listen: Betty Buckley On Piano Jazz

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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.

Listen: Chuck Mangione On Piano Jazz

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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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Of Marian McPartland's "Twilight World," the great singer Tony Bennett once said, "Well, that song will last forever. It's a beautiful song." David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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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.

Listen: Marian McPartland's Songs

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