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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Joe Bushkin On Piano Jazz

In a session from 1998, the pianist performs his original "Oh, Look at Me Now" and duets with host Marian McPartland for George Gershwin's "They Can't Take that Away From Me."

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Jon Faddis On Piano Jazz

The trumpeter demonstrates his love for his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie, in a performance of "Fiesta Mojo." He also joins host Marian McPartland for Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" in a 2004 session.

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Clint Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Hear the actor share stories about seeing Charlie Parker live — and perform a duet with host Marian McPartland in a session from 2004.

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Rachel Z On Piano Jazz

Rachel Z performs original pieces, including "Gently Sleeps the Pear Tree" and "Artemisia," and duets with host Marian McPartland in "Autumn Leaves."

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Howard Alden On Piano Jazz

In a 1999 session, Alden demonstrates his harmonic and melodic mastery of the seven-string guitar with a glowing version of "Single Petal of a Rose."

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Paquito D'Rivera On Piano Jazz

D'Rivera and bassist David Fink joined host Marian McPartland in 1995 for "Birk's Works," in honor of composer Dizzy Gillespie. They also perform "A Night in Englewood."

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Steely Dan On Piano Jazz

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are masters of irony and erudition. The pair perform their Steely Dan hit "Josie" and standards "Mood Indigo" and "Hesitation Blues."

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Marie Marcus On Piano Jazz

Cape Cod's "First Lady of Jazz" performs a medley of tunes by Fats Waller, her stride-piano mentor, in this session from 1983.

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Mulgrew Miller On Piano Jazz

In a 2002 session, Miller's unique harmonic and rhythmic style comes through in his composition, "Carousel." He also joins host Marian McPartland for Duke Ellington's "What Am I Here For?"

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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."