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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories
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Tony DeSare On Piano Jazz

In this 2008 episode, the vocalist and pianist covers Frank Sinatra, accompanies Marian McPartland and performs an original song.

Tony DeSare On Piano Jazz

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Janis Siegel On Piano Jazz

Siegel, a singer, is one quarter of the jazz supergroup The Manhattan Transfer. Throughout the 30 years she's spent with that musical institution, she's also released her own recordings featuring hip, seductive arrangements of standards, as well as newer works. Here, she visits Piano Jazz along with pianist and accordion player Gil Goldstein.

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Clare Fischer On Piano Jazz

Hear the late bandleader bring his deft touch to a set of Billy Strayhorn classics and more.

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Bela Fleck On Piano Jazz

Fleck joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi for trio renditions of "In Walked Bud," "All the Things You Are" and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams."

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Barbara Carroll On Piano Jazz

Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll was host Marian McPartland's second guest during the first season of Piano Jazz. Thirty years later, Carroll makes a return appearance to reminisce with her friend about their experiences at the Hickory House and the Oak Room. Carroll gives a charming performance of "Very Early" and McPartland improvises a musical portrait of her guest.

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Grady Tate On Piano Jazz

Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."

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Jane Monheit On Piano Jazz

Marian McPartland accompanies the vocalist on music from the Gershwins, Duke Ellington and more.

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Phil Woods On Piano Jazz

Saxophonist Phil Woods is a true master of all things bop. Woods showcases his imaginative and sultry saxophone sound with host Marian McPartland.

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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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