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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Bruce Hornsby On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz, the influence of Keith Jarrett and Bud Powell peeks through as the hitmaker performs "Solar" and "Parisian Thoroughfare."

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Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

The pianist shows off her compositional skills when she plays her own tune ("Hope Springs Eternally"), and she joins host Marian McPartland on "Someday My Prince Will Come."

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Jerry Dodgion On Piano Jazz

The saxophonist joins host Marian McPartland with "Isfahan" and pulls out his flute for "Ambiance" in a session from 2005.

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Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz

The pianist's refined and lyrical style is on display as she performs her own "Night Train" in a session from 2008.

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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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