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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories

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Lee Musiker On Piano Jazz

The award-winning conductor, pianist and composer performs "Fascinating Rhythm" and other standards with Marian McPartland.

Lee Musiker In The Studio

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Cecilia Smith On Piano Jazz

The acclaimed vibraphonist joins Marian McPartland for "Old Devil Moon" and solos on "Mourning Before Grace," a piece dedicated to her mother.

Cecilia Smith On Piano Jazz

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Leonard Feather On Piano Jazz

The "Dean of Jazz Journalists" was also a pianist and composer. He performs several original blues tunes in this 1988 session.

Leonard Feather In The Studio

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Oliver Jones On Piano Jazz

The Canadian pianist, a winner of the prestigious Oscar Peterson award, plays "Jordio" and "Three Little Words" in a 1990 session.

Oliver Jones In The Studio

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Walter Davis Jr. On Piano Jazz

One of the great bebop stylists of his time, the pianist joined host Marian McPartland for this session shortly before his death in 1990.

Walter Davis Jr. In The Studio

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Norah Jones On Piano Jazz

The smoky-voiced singer reinvents standards like "The Nearness Of You" in a 2003 session.

Marian McPartland In The Studio

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Marty Napoleon On Piano Jazz

Hear the pianist, who once played with Louis Armstrong's All Stars, as he duets with Marian McPartland in a 1992 session.

Marty Napoleon In The Studio

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David Sánchez On Piano Jazz

The cosmopolitan tenor saxophonist, with bassist John Benitez and drummer Adam Cruz, joins Marian McPartland for a set of standards.

David Sanchez In The Studio

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Marilyn Crispell On Piano Jazz

The pianist plays free jazz with an evocative and disciplined style. Hear her solo on her composition "Fragments."

Marilyn Crispell In The Studio

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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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