Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Each week, NPR's award-winning program showcases both acclaimed artists and up-and-coming performers as they share music and memories.
Special Series

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

Terence Blanchard is the guest on this week's Piano Jazz. Henry Adebonojo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Henry Adebonojo/Courtesy of the artist

Terence Blanchard On Piano Jazz

The Grammy award-winning trumpeter and composer joins Marian McPartland to perform standards like "I Thought About You" with bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.

Terence Blanchard On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/530240350/530241963" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Dee Dee Bridgewater. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Dee Dee Bridgewater On Piano Jazz

The versatile, knowledgeable vocalist joins Marian McPartland for a set of Duke Ellington and Gershwin tunes.

Dee Dee Bridgewater On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/172706418/529187429" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

T.S. Monk performs at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz hide caption

toggle caption Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

T.S. Monk On Piano Jazz

The percussionist dedicated this 1995 set with host Marian McPartland to his father, Thelonious Monk.

T.S. Monk On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/528135123/528136364" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Carmen Cavallaro performs in 1971. Dick Darrell/Toronto Star via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Dick Darrell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Carmen Cavallaro On Piano Jazz

The pianist's tender style created an ideal atmosphere for romantics everywhere. In this 1989 session, he solos on his arrangement of a Cole Porter medley.

Carmen Cavallaro On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/527052788/527052981" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

David Amram On Piano Jazz

The prolific composer performs on piano, horn and a variety of flutes and whistles for this 1991 session.

David Amram On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/525036168/525209314" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Courtesy of the artist

Nnenna Freelon On Piano Jazz

The internationally-hailed vocalist surprises host Marian McPartland with a lyric to her original tune "Threnody."

Nnenna Freelon On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/523915085/523915313" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Dorothy Donegan, pictured here with the Camp Robert Smalls swing band, is featured on this episode of Piano Jazz. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration hide caption

toggle caption U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Dorothy Donegan On Piano Jazz

This week's episode remembers the flamboyant NEA Jazz Master with an early session from 1983.

Dorothy Donegan On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/522986185/522988096" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist

Mose Allison On Piano Jazz

The influential vocalist and pianist joins Marian McPartland for a set of originals and a few favorite tunes by Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael and more.

Mose Allison On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/176333998/502193460" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Judy Roberts is featured on this week's episode of Piano Jazz. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Judy Roberts On Piano Jazz

One of Chicago's best-loved musicians joined Marian McPartland in front of a live audience at WAMC in 2003.

Judy Roberts On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/520516703/520518272" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Joey DeFrancesco performs on this week's Piano Jazz. Jay Gilbert/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Jay Gilbert/Courtesy of the artist

Joey DeFrancesco On Piano Jazz

The now-essential organist was only 20 years old when he joined Marian McPartland in 1991.

Joey DeFrancesco On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/519622474/519624898" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Pianist Ahmad Jamal performs on this week's Piano Jazz. Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images

Ahmad Jamal On Piano Jazz

One of the most popular stylists in contemporary jazz, the pianist joined Marian McPartland for a 1985 session.

Ahmad Jamal On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/518315182/518342016" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Doug Wamble performs on this week's Piano Jazz. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Doug Wamble On Piano Jazz

The guitarist and vocalist joins Marian McPartland to perform standards from "St. Louis Blues" to "Naima."

Doug Wamble On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/517007958/517009146" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Trudy Pitts performs on this week's Piano Jazz. Andrew Lepley/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Andrew Lepley/Redferns/Getty Images

Trudy Pitts On Piano Jazz

The organist performs Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" with Marian McPartland in this 1992 session.

Trudy Pitts On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/515756064/515756319" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Keith Ingham (center) appears with Hal Smith and Bobby Gordon on the cover of Music From The Mauve Decades. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Keith Ingham On Piano Jazz

The British-born pianist joined host Marian McPartland in the fall of 1997.

Keith Ingham On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/514486933/514487127" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Barry Harris is featured in this episode of Piano Jazz. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Barry Harris On Piano Jazz

The seminal jazz pianist and educator joined host Marian McPartland in the fall of 2002.

Piano Jazz: 2/3/2017

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/513227454/513227735" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">