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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Pat Metheny On Piano Jazz

The ever-evolving Pat Metheny constantly experiments with new technology, honing his improvisational skills and refining his unique style. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Pat Metheny performs with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanche.

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Eddie Palmieri On Piano Jazz

The pianist plays raucous original tunes with an Afro-Caribbean flavor with host Marian McPartland.

Eddie Palmieri On Piano Jazz

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Shirley Scott On Piano Jazz

The Queen of the Organ solos on "Skylark" and joins host Marian McPartland on "In a Mellow Tone."

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Diana Krall On Piano Jazz

When this episode of Piano Jazz was recorded in 2006, Krall was seven and a half months pregnant with twins. Hear the pianist and vocalist play "P.S. I Love You" and "Little Girl Blue."

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Linda Ronstadt On Piano Jazz

Through a career that's encompassed folk, rock, country and operetta, the singer has even recorded with minimalist composer Philip Glass. In this session recorded live at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass., Ronstadt sticks to jazz standards like "Lush Life."

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Stacy Rowles On Piano Jazz

Trumpeter, flugelhorn player and vocalist Stacy Rowles was a fixture on the L.A. jazz scene, and played regularly in all-female jazz groups the Jazzbirds and Maiden Voyage. This program from 2001 is presented as a tribute to Rowles, who died in 2009.

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Kevin Eubanks On Piano Jazz

The former Tonight Show bandleader joins Marian McPartland for Cole Porter and Sonny Rollins tunes.

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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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