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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Gerald Wilson On Piano Jazz

The late bandleader, composer, arranger and trumpeter was famed for sophisticated musical ideas and dedicated to the infinite possibilities of jazz. Hear a 2006 session.

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Let It Snow: The Piano Jazz Holiday Show

Marian McPartland and her guests from seasons past, present and future share favorite memories and unique musical performances of Christmas classics and original holiday tunes.

Let It Snow: The Piano Jazz Holiday Show

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Stefano Bollani On Piano Jazz

Italian pianist Stefano Bollani stretches the limits of imagination with improvisations ranging from quirky to transcendent. Virtuoso technique and a keen harmonic sense bolster Bollani's improvisations, which are influenced as much by Charlie Parker as Prokofiev and Zappa.

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Ellen Seeling On Piano Jazz

Saxophonist Jean Fineberg and drummer Allison Miller join the trumpeter in a 2006 session.

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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.