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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Ray Brown On Piano Jazz

The bassist, famous for his precision and beautiful tone, joined Marian McPartland in 1996.

Ray Brown In The Studio

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Onaje Allan Gumbs On Piano Jazz

Inspired early on by Henry Mancini, the pianist has since played with Woody Shaw and Nat Adderley.

Onaje Allan Gumbs In The Studio

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Clark Terry On Piano Jazz

This 1994 session captures the master trumpeter's dazzling technique, magic and humor.

Clark Terry In The Studio

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Ernestine Anderson On Piano Jazz

Known for her vocal warmth and rich intensity, the singer joined Marian McPartland in 1996.

Ernestine Anderson In The Studio

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Hiromi On Piano Jazz

Marian McPartland improvises a "Portrait" of the talented Japanese pianist in this 2004 session.

Hiromi In The Studio

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Arturo O'Farrill On Piano Jazz

The pianist and bandleader joined Marian McPartland in 2002 to perform a duet of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave."

Arturo O'Farrill In The Studio

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Bertha Hope On Piano Jazz

The pianist performs her own "In Search Of Hope" and "Nieta," a tune by her late husband Elmo Hope.

Bertha Hope In The Studio

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Kenny Burrell On Piano Jazz

The subtle, lyrical guitarist plays a delightful solo rendition of "Round Midnight" and duets with host Marian McPartland in "Don't Worry 'Bout Me."

Kenny Burrell In The Studio

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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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