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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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George Duke On Piano Jazz

A pianist for Miles Davis and Frank Zappa, Duke plays "My Funny Valentine" with Marian McPartland.

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Randy Weston On Piano Jazz

Weston returns to Piano Jazz with host Marian McPartland to perform "A Ballad for T.," "Little Niles" and "African Lady."

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Bill Frisell On Piano Jazz

Frisell has been on the cutting edge of jazz guitar since his arrival on the scene in the early 1980s. With amazing technique and a creative mind, he has incorporated the whole of American music in his work, relying on country, blues, rock and jazz. Hear an interview and performance.

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Bill Evans On Piano Jazz

Pianist Bill Evans was a giant of jazz piano and one of Marian McPartland's first guests on Piano Jazz in 1979. On this program, the usually quiet and reserved musical genius opens up about his approach and philosophy.

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Chick Corea On Piano Jazz

Pianist, composer and NEA Jazz Master Chick Corea is one of the most creative and inventive musicians in jazz today. On this episode of Piano Jazz from 2002, he solos in "Monk's Mood" and joins host Marian McPartland for an evocative version of his legendary tune "Spain."

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Kurt Elling On Piano Jazz

Elling's commanding, richly grained baritone voice is the perfect vehicle for jazz songs, whether reworked classics or original compositions. Fusing jazz and poetry, Elling performs a series of Ornette Coleman poems with freeform accompaniment by host Marian McPartland.

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Milt Jackson On Piano Jazz

In an archival session from 1991, the vibraphonist gets together with host Marian McPartland for a performance of his own standard, "Bags' Groove."

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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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