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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Skitch Henderson On Piano Jazz

Henderson, the original Tonight Show bandleader, also worked as a piano soloist on Frank Sinatra's and Bing Crosby's radio shows. Hear a session from 1992.

Skitch Henderson In The Studio

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Corky Hale On Piano Jazz

The pioneering pianist, harpist, flutist and cellist has worked with Mel Tormé and Billie Holiday.

Corky Hale In The Studio

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Rio Clemente On Piano Jazz

The pianist's classical training paved the way for a vibrant career in jazz. Hear him perform his composition "Allegria" on this 2004 episode of Piano Jazz.

Rio Clemente In The Studio

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Willie Ruff On Piano Jazz

A master of both the bass and the French horn, Ruff switches between instruments with ease.

Willie Ruff In The Studio

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Dwike Mitchell On Piano Jazz

Known for his duo work with bassist and French-horn player Willie Ruff, the pianist forms a new duo with Marian McPartland to perform "Don't Worry 'Bout Me."

Dwike Mitchell In The Studio

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Tierney Sutton On Piano Jazz

The Grammy-nominated singer performs a set featuring several of Frank Sinatra's signature numbers.

Tierney Sutton In The Studio

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Gerry Mulligan On Piano Jazz

The baritone saxophonist performs many of his original compositions, including "Ontet" and "Good Neighbor Thelonious."

Gerry Mulligan On Piano Jazz

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Hazel Scott On Piano Jazz

In a 1980 session, the pianist and vocalist joined Marian McPartland for a set of standards.

Hazel Scott In The Studio

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Doc Cheatham On Piano Jazz

Known for his admirable technique and tone, the trumpeter joined Marian McPartland to perform "A Kiss To Build A Dream On" and "I Double Dare You" in this session from 1992.

Doc Cheatham In The Studio

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Pamela Hines On Piano Jazz

The pianist brings nuance and impressive technique to a set that includes two of her original tunes, "Porridge" and "A Stone."

Pamela Hines In The Studio

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Lionel Hampton On Piano Jazz

The influential vibraphonist duets with Marian McPartland in a set of favorite standards, including his own "Flying Home."

Lionel Hampton In The Studio

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba On Piano Jazz

The Cuban pianist dazzles with his renditions of "Con Alma" and "Straight No Chaser."

Gonzalo Rubalcaba In The Studio

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Sharon Freeman On Piano Jazz

The accomplished pianist and French-horn player performs her composition "Waltz For Achim" and more.

Sharon Freeman In The Studio

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Shirley Horn On Piano Jazz

The vocalist brings her unmistakable contralto to a 1995 set that includes "Wouldn't It Be Lovely."

Shirley Horn In The Studio

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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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