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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Freddy Cole On Piano Jazz

Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. He brings this special ability to "Sometimes I'm Happy" in 1998 session.

Freddy Cole In The Studio

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Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On Piano Jazz

It's rare to have three great pianists at three pianos in one studio. Charlap and Rosnes join host Marian McPartland in this 2008 session for a trio of "You and the Night and the Music."

Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes In The Studio

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Chris Potter On Piano Jazz

The saxophonist is an expressive, inventive, quick-thinking improviser. In a 2001 session, Potter performs "I Should Care" with bassist Scott Colley.

Chris Potter In The Studio

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Makoto Ozoné On Piano Jazz

The pianist solos in his original "Lullaby for Rabbit," host Marian McPartland performs a "Portrait of Makoto Ozoné," and together they enjoy musical jokes in Sonny Rollins' "Sonnymoon for Two."

Makoto Ozoné In The Studio

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Christian McBride On Piano Jazz

On this program from 2001, the bassist takes center stage to discuss his favorite gigs and jam with host Marian McPartland in "Billie's Bounce" and "Midnight Sun."

Christian McBride In The Studio

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Oscar Peterson On Piano Jazz

Oscar Peterson was one of the giants of jazz piano. On this program from 1998, Peterson demonstrates his deft touch and amazing technique.

Oscar Peterson In The Studio

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Burt Bacharach On Piano Jazz

In this session from 2005, the prolific songwriter performs some of his most famous works, such as "What the World Needs Now is Love" and "Close to You."

Burt Bacharach In The Studio

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Alicia Keys On Piano Jazz

In this session from 2003, Keys plays one of her signature tunes, "Fallin,'" and joins host Marian McPartland in singing "Good Morning Heartache."

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Jessica Williams On Piano Jazz

Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard." She digs up an old tune and calls two Monk numbers on this 1992 episode of the program.

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Carmen Lundy On Piano Jazz

The contralto joined host Marian McPartland in 2000 to perform "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and Lundy's own piece, "Quiet Times."

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Joe Locke On Piano Jazz

The vibraphonist, a formidable soloist, has broadened his work as a composer, bandleader and educator. He takes on standards, performs an original on piano and mashes up Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon.

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Les Paul On Piano Jazz

The guitar legend made a rare appearance on Piano Jazz in 1999, bringing with him his trio — Lou Paulo on guitar and Paul Nowinski on bass.

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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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