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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Diana Krall On Piano Jazz

Grammy-winning jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall has long found favor with traditional jazz enthusiasts and mainstream pop fans alike. But before her star had risen, she recorded this interview and studio performance with Marian McPartland on Piano Jazz.

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Dizzy Gillespie On Piano Jazz

One of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century joined host Marian McPartland to play music, talk about the origin of the term "bebop" and share how he came to love Cuban music.

Dizzy Gillespie On Piano Jazz

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Stephane Grappelli On Piano Jazz

In an archival show from 1990, Piano Jazz celebrates the centennial of Stephane Grappelli, one of the jazz world's greatest violinists. Grappelli first found fame in France with Django Reinhart's Quintette du Hot Club. He went on to an illustrious career playing with everyone from Oscar Peterson to Paul Simon to Yo-Yo Ma.

Stephane Grappelli On Piano Jazz

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Elizabeth Doyle On Piano Jazz

Singer, pianist, and composer Elizabeth Doyle is one of Chicago's most captivating performers. She blends a dreamy vocal style with swinging piano work, deftly accompanying herself on both classic standards and her own compositions.

Elizabeth Doyle On Piano Jazz

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Radio Legend Studs Terkel On Piano Jazz

A true legend of public radio and a longtime friend of host Marian McPartland, Studs Terkel appeared on Piano Jazz in 1992 for a special fundraising edition. The two quizzed each other about radio, shared memories of jazz personalities and improvised music and conversation.

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Frank Morgan On Piano Jazz

Saxophonist Frank Morgan led a life compelling enough for the big screen. A protege of Charlie Parker, Morgan took a dark turn that led to drugs, prison and, ultimately, redemption through music.

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Bobby Broom On Piano Jazz

The guitarist was recruited by Sonny Rollins at age 16, and he's been dazzling listeners and fellow musicians ever since. Hear him perform The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" with host Marian McPartland.

Bobby Broom On Piano Jazz

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Jeremy Monteiro On Piano Jazz

Monteiro grew up watching his father play jazz guitar in Singapore. Now, after recording 20 albums as a leader, the pianist remains a statesman for jazz throughout Southeast Asia.

Jeremy Monteiro On Piano Jazz

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Max Roach On Piano Jazz

Roach was one of jazz's legendary drummers — an innovator and co-creator of what became known as bebop. In this program from 1998, Roach relates a few memories of performing with Bird, Monk and Diz.

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Anat Fort On Piano Jazz

On this 2007 episode, the Israeli-born pianist, composer and arranger performs original compositions before joining Marian McPartland on standards.

Anat Fort On Piano Jazz

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Charlie Watts And Tim Ries On Piano Jazz

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts teams up with the band's touring saxophonist, Tim Ries, to play through jazz standards and Stones songs.

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Jack DeJohnette On Piano Jazz

One of the most original, inventive and important drummers in recent jazz history, DeJohnette has provided rhythm for the likes of John Coltrane and Miles Davis.

Jack DeJohnette On Piano Jazz

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Ray Charles On Piano Jazz

Ray Charles was one of those rare musicians whose musical style blended many genres, drawing on jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel, country, and rock 'n' roll, to create a unique and soulful sound. Hear Charles play "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" before joining McPartland for "The Man I Love."