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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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John Lewis On Piano Jazz

The founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet plays "Django" in an archival session from 1989.

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Steve Kuhn On Piano Jazz

Kuhn is a highly accomplished pianist, a creative composer and a longtime friend of host Marian McPartland. In his youth, Kuhn played with Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz and John Coltrane. Over the years, he's honed a unique style built on melodic variation and his ceaseless imagination.

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Dave Brubeck On Piano Jazz

Jazz giant Dave Brubeck turns 90 this month. In this 1997 session, Brubeck and host Marian McPartland perform duets in "Just You, Just Me" and Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way."

Dave Brubeck On Piano Jazz

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Russell Malone On Piano Jazz

The guitarist joins bassist Richie Good for a set of performances with host Marian McPartland.

Russell Malone On Piano Jazz

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Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz

The quintessential crooner talks about the significance of American popular song, his favorite songwriters and his love of painting in this program from 2004.

Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz

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Pete Malinverni On Piano Jazz

The pianist, composer and teacher joins Marian McPartland in Harold Arlen's standard "Get Happy."

Pete Malinverni On Piano Jazz

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Albert Dailey On Piano Jazz

Hear an archival session from the sorely under-appreciated pianist, an intense yet melodic soloist.

Albert Dailey On Piano Jazz

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Willie Nelson On Piano Jazz

Country music legend Willie Nelson and jazz guitarist Jackie King join host Marian McPartland for this session from 2002. The "Red-Headed Stranger" brings his country, blues and gospel influences to bear on standards like "The Nearness of You" and Nelson's 1961 hit for Patsy Cline, "Crazy."

Willie Nelson On Piano Jazz

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Milt Hinton On Piano Jazz

The legendary bass player, often credited with bridging the gap from swing to modern jazz, joins host Marian McPartland for "How High the Moon" in this 1991 episode.

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Dr. John On Piano Jazz

A pianist, singer, composer and icon, Dr. John blends soul, pop, rock, jazz, zydeco and an unmistakable voice to create his unique take on New Orleans' musical flavor. In this session from 1989, Dr. John performs "Struttin' With Some BBQ" and his hit tune "Right Place, Wrong Time," among others.

Dr. John On Piano Jazz

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Eubie Blake On Piano Jazz

On this program from 1980, Blake remembers his vaudeville days and writing the classic songs "Charleston Rag" and "I'm Just Wild About Harry."

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30 Years Of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

With more than 700 episodes and almost as many guests, we celebrate three decades of Piano Jazz with 30 of our favorite moments. Explore the jazz and conversation with pioneering jazz vocalist Mary Lou Williams, soul legend Ray Charles and many more.

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Blossom Dearie On Piano Jazz

Host Marian McPartland calls Dearie an "incandescent singer and pianist" whose "delicate, swinging style makes every song a musical gem." The vocalist and pianist died this past year of natural causes. Piano Jazz remembers her life and music in an archival interview and performance.

Blossom Dearie On Piano Jazz

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Matthew Shipp On Piano Jazz

Pianist and composer Matthew Shipp has an intricate and heady approach to his music, with avant-garde impulses that have led him to experiment with free jazz styles, tape loops and even turntable artists. Here, Shipp settles into one of his favorite environs, the duo format, as he and McPartland explore the outer reaches on "Naima" and Shipp's own "Gamma Ray."

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Jesse Green On Piano Jazz

A small town in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania is home to more than its share of talented jazz musicians. Pianist Jesse Green is the son of a trombonist and a singer who moved to the Delaware Water Gap, and still lives there today.