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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Stanley Cowell On Piano Jazz

The pianist performs his composition "Equipoise," plus several inventive duets with host Marian McPartland, before an NPR studio audience.

Stanley Cowell In The Studio

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Henry Mancini On Piano Jazz

In a 1985 session, the composer, arranger and pianist plays "Days Of Wine And Roses" and other favorites.

Henry Mancini In The Studio

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John Pizzarelli On Piano Jazz

In this 2001 session, the guitarist and singer teams up with his brother, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, and host Marian McPartland for "It's Only A Paper Moon."

John Pizzarelli In The Studio

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Dardanelle Hadley On Piano Jazz

In this Piano Jazz session from 1984, Hadley shows off her chops in "All The Things You Are" and duets with host Marian McPartland in "It's Delovely."

Dardanelle Hadley In The Studio

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'Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration' On Piano Jazz

Tony Bennett, Barbara Carroll, Bill Charlap, Chris Brubeck and more pay tribute to the grande dame of Piano Jazz.

Remembering Marian McPartland

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Mercer Ellington On Piano Jazz

In a 1994 session, Ellington joins host Marian McPartland to discuss working for his famous father Duke, composing and Billy Strayhorn, and to play a piano duet of "C Jam Blues."

Mercer Ellington In The Studio

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Arturo Sandoval On Piano Jazz

The trumpeter and pianist performs his original tunes "Surena" and "Romantico," as well as Johnny Green's "Body and Soul."

Arturo Sandoval In The Studio

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Marilyn And Alan Bergman On Piano Jazz

Host Marian McPartland accompanies the renowned lyricists and songwriters on "The Way We Were" and "Nice 'n' Easy."

Marilyn And Alan Bergman In The Studio

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Jackie Cain On Piano Jazz

Cain lends her smooth, feathery voice to "Wait 'Til You See Her" and "You Don't Know What Love Is."

Jackie Cain In The Studio

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Eartha Kitt On Piano Jazz

In 1993, Kitt and McPartland perform a stirring version of "God Bless the Child" and wind up the hour with the seductively swinging "You'd Be So Nice to Come to Home To."

Eartha Kitt In The Studio

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Joe Sample On Piano Jazz

The late pianist, composer and Jazz Crusader visited the program in 2005, showcasing his genre-spanning touch in standards and his original tune "Carmel."

Joe Sample In The Studio

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Danilo Pérez On Piano Jazz

In a session from 1994, the Panamanian pianist plays tunes from Monk and Rollins, as well as his own composition, "Reminisce."

Danilo Pérez In The Studio

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Gary Burton On Piano Jazz

The vibraphonist performs a set of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington and others.

Gary Burton In The Studio

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Paul Shaffer On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1988, David Letterman's bandleader plays the standard "All The Things You Are" and teams up with host Marian McPartland for "Isn't She Lovely."

Paul Shaffer In The Studio

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Mimi Fox On Piano Jazz

The guitarist plays an original and then tears it up on a Cole Porter tune with Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.

Mimi Fox In The Studio

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