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Marian McPartland

Since 1979, Marian McPartland has hosted top Jazz musicians for conversation and live Jazz performances on this weekly program. Tune in to Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Mondays, 1:00 AM. until 2:00 AM; Thursdays from 2:00 AM until 3:00 AM; and, Sundays from 5:00AM until 6:00 AM.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Andrew Hill On Piano Jazz

Andrew Hill photographed in his home, 2005.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Fifty years ago today, Andrew Hill recorded what would become his signature album: Point of Departure. Fifty years later, it still sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. Assembling a murderer's row of horn players (Eric Dolphy, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson) with a rhythm section for the ages (Hill, Richard Davis, Tony Williams), Hill juxtaposed complex, layered harmonies with charged grooves. The result occupies that rare territory between the comfort of the familiar and the allure of the perceptibly unique.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:14 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Joanne Brackeen On Piano Jazz

Joanne Brackeen.
Courtesy of the artist

Joanne Brackeen has been called the "Picasso of jazz piano," a nickname that encompasses her adventurous style and visionary approach.

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Jazz
11:16 am
Wed August 21, 2013

WCLK Wishes Peace And Heavenly Music To Marian McPartland, R.I.P.

WCLK joins jazz and music fans across the world in wishing a peaceful passage for Marian McPartland, longtime host of NPR's Piano Jazz, heard weekly on the Jazz of The City Sundays at 8pm.  For more information about her fascinating history and lasting legacy go to NPR Music by clicking here.

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Piano Jazz
11:37 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Grady Tate On Piano Jazz

Grady Tate.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 3:25 pm

Grady Tate has been lucky enough to have two distinct careers in jazz. He made a name for himself as a session drummer with impeccable rhythm, for music legends such as Quincy Jones, Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.

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Piano Jazz
3:40 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Dave Brubeck On Piano Jazz

Dave Brubeck at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors.
Kris Connor Getty Images

David Warren Brubeck (Dec. 6, 1920 - Dec. 5, 2012) in Concord, Calif. His father was a cattle rancher and his mother taught piano. His two older brothers, Henry and Howard, studied to become musicians, but Dave had no intentions of following them, although he took lessons from his mother. He could not read sheet music, but played well enough that this deficiency went mostly unnoticed.

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Piano Jazz
7:23 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Russell Malone On Piano Jazz

Russell Malone.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 8:56 pm

On this episode of Piano Jazz, guitarist Russell Malone stops by along with bassist Richie Good for a set of solo, duo and trio performances with host Marian McPartland.

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Piano Jazz
9:35 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz

Tony Bennett.
Jo Hale Getty Images Entertainment

Originally published on Sun December 2, 2012 12:01 pm

On this Piano Jazz session from 2004, Tony Bennett brings his effortlessly swinging singing to an impeccable set of tunes from the Great American Songbook, including music from Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Ted Koehler, Alec Wilder and more.

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Piano Jazz
10:11 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Anat Cohen on Piano Jazz

Anat Cohen.
Jimmy Katz

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 1:57 pm

Israel-born clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen joins Marian McPartland, along with bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and drummer Glenn Davis, for a quartet edition of Piano Jazz.

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Piano Jazz
4:52 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Pete Malinverni On Piano Jazz

Pete Malinverni.
Abigail Feldman Courtesy of the artist

Pianist, composer and teacher Pete Malinverni is a multifaceted player known for his attention to melody and delicate phrasing. Spiritual influences radiate throughout his arrangement of "Deep River," and Malinverni and host Marian McPartland end a delightful hour as they join together in a performance of the Harold Arlen standard "Get Happy."

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Piano Jazz
4:42 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Elizabeth Doyle On Piano Jazz

Elizabeth Doyle.
Courtesy of the artist

Elizabeth Doyle was brought up around all kinds of music from an early age, thanks to a truly musical family in South Dakota. Three of her four grandparents were professional musicians, including one radio performer and singing cowboy. Her father had played saxophone and clarinet in the Navy during WWII, and her mother was an avid singer and pianist. Both parents were fans of big-band music, jazz, and the show tunes of the '30s, '40s, and '50s.

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