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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Lonnie Liston Smith On Piano Jazz

One of contemporary music's most versatile keyboardists, Smith joined Marian McPartland in 2002.

Lonnie Liston Smith In The Studio

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Nellie Lutcher On Piano Jazz

Hear the vocalist and pianist play her original tunes "Hurry On Down" and "Real Gone Guy."

Nellie Lutcher On Piano Jazz

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Richard Sudhalter On Piano Jazz

The cornetist and critic performs "Chasing Shadows" with Marian McPartland in a 1992 session.

Richard Sudhalter On Piano Jazz

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Sir Roland Hanna On Piano Jazz

The pianist plays his original tune "Portrait Of John Lewis" and duets with Marian McPartland at the 2002 Tanglewood Jazz Festival.

Sir Roland Hanna On Piano Jazz

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Mario Grigorov On Piano Jazz

The Bulgarian-born film composer and concert pianist performs original music in a 1995 session.

Mario Grigorov On Piano Jazz

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Esperanza Spalding On Piano Jazz

The bassist and singer performs "Prelude To A Kiss" with Marian McPartland in a 2008 session.

Esperanza Spalding On Piano Jazz

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Jackie And Roy On Piano Jazz

Hear the husband-and-wife duo join Marian McPartland for a trio version of "Joy Spring" in a 1998 session.

Jackie And Roy On Piano Jazz

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Chucho Valdés On Piano Jazz

In a 2000 session, hear the innovator in Latin jazz duet with Marian McPartland and play his original compositions "Claudia" and "Mambo Influenciado."

Chucho Valdés On Piano Jazz

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Lee Musiker On Piano Jazz

The award-winning conductor, pianist and composer performs "Fascinating Rhythm" and other standards with Marian McPartland.

Lee Musiker In The Studio

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Cecilia Smith On Piano Jazz

The acclaimed vibraphonist joins Marian McPartland for "Old Devil Moon" and solos on "Mourning Before Grace," a piece dedicated to her mother.

Cecilia Smith On Piano Jazz

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Leonard Feather On Piano Jazz

The "Dean of Jazz Journalists" was also a pianist and composer. He performs several original blues tunes in this 1988 session.

Leonard Feather In The Studio

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Oliver Jones On Piano Jazz

The Canadian pianist, a winner of the prestigious Oscar Peterson award, plays "Jordio" and "Three Little Words" in a 1990 session.

Oliver Jones In The Studio

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Walter Davis Jr. On Piano Jazz

One of the great bebop stylists of his time, the pianist joined host Marian McPartland for this session shortly before his death in 1990.

Walter Davis Jr. In The Studio

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Norah Jones On Piano Jazz

The smoky-voiced singer reinvents standards like "The Nearness Of You" in a 2003 session.

Marian McPartland In The Studio

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Marty Napoleon On Piano Jazz

Hear the pianist, who once played with Louis Armstrong's All Stars, as he duets with Marian McPartland in a 1992 session.

Marty Napoleon In The Studio

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