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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz, host Marian McPartland accompanies Reeves in "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" and "Million Dollar Secret."

Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz

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Nadine Jansen On Piano Jazz

Marian McPartland joins the pianist and horn player in "Yesterdays" and "Nadine's Blues" in 1988.

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Andrew Hill On Piano Jazz

With his heady, bop-rooted explorations of improvised music, pianist and composer Hill stretched the boundaries of jazz. He demonstrated his mastery of melody, rhythm and technique in a 2005 session.

Andrew Hill On Piano Jazz

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Joanne Brackeen On Piano Jazz

Brackeen, the only female alumnus of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, plays originals, standards and a few Ornette Coleman-inspired tunes with host Marian McPartland.

Joanne Brackeen On Piano Jazz

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Mary Lou Williams On Piano Jazz

Host Marian McPartland talks to her longtime friend and idol on the first episode, recorded in 1978 with Williams and bassist Ronnie Boykins.

Mary Lou Williams On Piano Jazz

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Alice Coltrane On Piano Jazz

Coltrane performs her own "Transfiguration" and joins host Marian McPartland in "Giant Steps."

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John Dankworth On Piano Jazz

Piano Jazz remembers the musician, composer, arranger and band leader with this 1998 session, recorded before an audience at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

John Dankworth On Piano Jazz

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Grace Kelly On Piano Jazz

The then-16-year-old jazz phenom sings "All the Things You Are" and plays "Round Midnight" in a 2008 session with Marian McPartland.

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Cedar Walton On Piano Jazz

In 1980, the pianist plays his tune "N.P.S." and duets with host Marian McPartland in "Lover Man."

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Herbie Hancock On Piano Jazz

In a program from 1987, Hancock solos on "Dolphin Dance" and then improvises with Marian McPartland.

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Jim Hall On Piano Jazz

The innovative guitarist plays "Blue Monk" with host Marian McPartland in a session from 2003.

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Marian McPartland's Hickory House Trio On Piano Jazz

In the 1950s, New York's Hickory House was known for its sizzling steaks and a swinging jazz trio led by a young female pianist with a British accent and a God-given touch. McPartland, along with bassist Joe Morello and drummer Bill Crow, held court at the Hickory House for more than a decade.

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Of Marian McPartland, guest host Elvis Costello says that it's "an extraordinary leap of musical continuity that [she's] been able to make throughout the history of Piano Jazz." Michael Ochs Archives hide caption

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Elvis Costello Interviews Marian McPartland, Part Two

McPartland and guest host Elvis Costello stroll down memory lane as she discusses her favorite moments from more than 700 episodes of Piano Jazz. Costello serenades McPartland with a moving version of "P.S. I Love You" and introduces a new song, "You Hung the Moon."

Marian McPartland On Piano Jazz, Part Two

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Elvis Costello says that Marian McPartland captures "many of the ingenious personalities" of Piano Jazz so that "they will be forever enduring." Tim Hall/Redferns hide caption

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Elvis Costello Interviews Marian McPartland, Part One

The tables are turned, as McPartland sits at the guest bench to discuss her life as a performer and as the host of Piano Jazz. She reminisces about moments from the program's early days; then, guest host Elvis Costello sings as McPartland plays "Our Love Is Here to Stay."

Marian McPartland On Piano Jazz, Part One

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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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