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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Eric Reed On Piano Jazz

Hear the young pianist and composer give a solo performance of "Cedar's Blues" in a 1995 session.

Eric Reed In The Studio

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Jacky Terrasson On Piano Jazz

Back in 1995, the young pianist demonstrated extraordinary talent on standards.

Jacky Terrasson On Piano Jazz

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Carla Bley And Steve Swallow On Piano Jazz

Bley and Swallow join host Marian McPartland for trio renditions of Carla Bley originals.

Carla Bley And Steve Swallow In The Studio

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Aaron Parks On Piano Jazz

The prolific pianist was still in his teens when he joined Marian McPartland for this 2001 session.

Aaron Parks In The Studio

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Valerie Capers On Piano Jazz

The pianist and educator shows off her classical chops in a solo during "It Could Happen To You."

Valerie Capers In The Studio

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Monty Alexander On Piano Jazz

The Jamaican-born pianist, known for his rhythmic approach, joined Marian McPartland in 1991.

Monty Alexander In The Studio

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Sarah Vaughan On Piano Jazz

Sarah Vaughan possessed one of the legendary voices in jazz. In this program from 1986, Vaughan's lively and sassy personality is on display, as are her amazing vocals.

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Alan Clare On Piano Jazz

In 1990, the British pianist joined host Marian McPartland from the BBC's London studios.

Alan Clare On Piano Jazz

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Dena DeRose On Piano Jazz

In a 2001 session, the singer and pianist joined host Marian McPartland for a program of standards.

Dena DeRose On Piano Jazz

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A Tribute To Artie Shaw On Piano Jazz

Historian and cornetist Dick Sudhalter provides historical perspective on the great clarinetist and bandleader.

A Tribute To Artie Shaw On Piano Jazz

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Tania Maria On Piano Jazz

The Brazilian pianist and singer mixes frenetic originals with Antônio Carlos Jobim interpretations.

Tania Maria On Piano Jazz

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Jim Ferguson On Piano Jazz

The singing bassist presents original songs and standards in a session from 2001.

Jim Ferguson On Piano Jazz

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Rose Murphy On Piano Jazz

The singer and pianist performs her legendary version of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" in a 1988 session.

Rose Murphy In The Studio

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Ayako Shirasaki On Piano Jazz

Hear the Japanese pianist perform her compositions "Falling Leaves" and "Far Away."

Ayako Shirasaki In The Studio

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Barbara Lea On Piano Jazz

The respected vocalist joins Marian McPartland for a tribute to songwriter Hoagy Carmichael.

Barbara Lea In The Studio

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