Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

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Jazz legend Marian McPartland hosted Piano Jazz for over 30 years. The program continues to showcase the world's top musicians of all time with broadcasts and podcasts from it's archive. Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz is NPR's longest-running and most widely carried jazz program.

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Dena DeRose
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Singer and pianist Dena DeRose has performed at some of the most renowned venues in the world, from The Blue Note in New York to Swing Hall in Japan. She has shared the stage with artists including Clark Terry, Ray Brown, and Ingrid Jensen. She teaches at the Jazz Institute of the University for Music and Performing Arts in Austria, and continues to perform worldwide. She was McPartland’s guest in this 2001 session. DeRose opens the show with “If I Should Lose You” and McPartland joins for “I’m Old Fashioned.”

Portrait of Artie Shaw, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948.
William P. Gottlieb Collection (Library of Congress)

  Cornetist and jazz historian Richard Sudhalter (1938 – 2008) joined Marian McPartland on several occasions to provide historical perspective on great performers and songs from the golden era of jazz. In 2002, He sat down with McPartland to talk about Artie Shaw (1910 – 2004). Shaw was known for his unparalleled virtuosity and as a successful bandleader with a limitless imagination. Piano Jazz honors Shaw with selections including “Love of My Life” and “Any Old Time.”

News Stations: Sat, May 21, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, May 22, 7 pm

Tania Maria
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Born in Brazil to a musical family, pianist and vocalist Tania Maria was leading her own group of professional musicians by the time she was thirteen. In the 1970s she moved to Paris, and she first came into the international spotlight through her work in jazz festivals. In the 1980s Tania Maria moved to New York, where she recorded a number of hit albums and worked with some of the most renowned jazz artists in the world. On this 1994 Piano Jazz, Maria performs her own composition “Carona” then solos on “Ta’ Tudo Certo.”

  Bassist and vocalist Jim Ferguson got his start in South Carolina, where his father was a church music director. He picked up the bass late in high school and learned to play on the job before taking formal lessons. He went on to play with greats such as Teddy Wilson, Kenny Burrell, Mose Allison, and Stephen Grappelli. On this Piano Jazz from 2001, Ferguson joins host McPartland to perform “While We’re Young” and McPartland’s “There’ll Be Other Times.”

News Stations: Sat, May 07, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, May 08, 7 pm

Rose Murphy and Marian McPartland
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Rose Murphy Rose Murphy (1913 - 1989) was a legendary singer and pianist who starred at Café Society in the heyday of New York’s jazz scene. She made history with her version of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Critics and audiences alike were delighted by her breathless, giggly voice, her spirited playing, and her signature “chee-chee.” In this Piano Jazz session from 1988, Murphy showcases her trademark vocal style on “Cecilia.” Then she teams up with McPartland for “St. Louis Blues.”

News Stations: Sat, Apr 30, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, May 01, 7 pm

Mike Longo
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  Mike Longo performed his first gig at fifteen with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, who was at that time an unknown. Since then, Longo has played with, taught, and composed for many other jazz greats, including Jimmy McPartland. He was Dizzy Gillespie’s pianist and musical director, and his repertoire includes everything from traditional jazz to bebop. For this 1999 Piano Jazz, he solos on Gillespie’s “Con Alma” and McPartland continues the tribute with her own “Dizzy.”

News Stations: Sat, Apr 23, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Apr 24, 7 pm

Ayako Shirasaki
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  Originally from Japan, pianist Ayako Shirasaki showed an early talent for jazz and classical styles. As an adult, she moved to New York and entered the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Kenny Barron and Ted Rosenthal. She has gone on to establish herself as one of New York’s finest jazz pianists. On this 2006 Piano Jazz, Shirasaki performs her compositions “Far Away” and “Falling Leaves.”

News Stations: Sat, Apr 16, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Apr 17, 7 pm

Barbara Lea
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  Vocalist Barbara Lea (1929 – 2011) was a widely respected and admired interpreter of classic American popular song. She started her career in the 1950s, and the Downbeat Critic’s Poll of 1956 recognized her as “Best New Singer.” On this 1999 Piano Jazz, she joins McPartland for a tribute to songwriter Hoagy Carmichael. The conservator of Carmichael’s repertoire, Lea brings her skill to selections including “Lazybones” and “Star Dust.”

News Stations: Sat, Apr 9, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Apr 10, 7 pm


Paul Bley on Piano Jazz

Mar 28, 2016
Paul Bley, Theaterzaal, Vooruit, Gent, BE, 05/15/2009.
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  Legendary leader of the jazz avant-garde, pianist Paul Bley (1932 – 2015) cultivated his own musical vision and influenced a generation of performers. Throughout his life, he remained on the cutting edge of creative music, performing with everyone from Ornette Coleman and Charlie Parker to Jaco Pastorious and Pat Metheny. This week, we remember Paul Bley with his appearance on Piano Jazz in 2000. Bley performs his original motifs and collaborates on a duet with McPartland.

News Stations: Sat, Apr 01, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Apr 03, 7 pm

"The Music of Marian McPartland" on Piano Jazz

Mar 21, 2016
Marian McPartland
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  Of all McPartland’s attributes, possibly the most underrated is her ability as a composer. Her piano pieces have entered the jazz repertoire and some of her songs—with lyrics by such stars as Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn, and Peggy Lee—are part of the Great American Songbook. In honor of Marian’s birthday this week, guest host Murray Horwitz leads this exposition through some of her most beautiful works, with performances by Cleo Laine, Sarah Vaughan, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, and Marian herself.

News Stations: Sat,  Mar 26,  8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Mar 27, 7 pm


Harold Mabern on Piano Jazz

Mar 14, 2016
Harold Mabern
David Katzenstein

  Harold Mabern, born March 20, 1936, is one of New York’s most requested pianists and a staple of Japan’s jazz scene. A mainly self-taught musician, his style is influenced by Art Tatum, Chris Anderson, Billy Wallace, and Bud Powell. In 2015, he released Afro Blue. McPartland caught him for this 1991 Piano Jazz before he left for a late spring tour of Japan. Mabern solos on “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” then joins McPartland for Ellington’s “Squeeze Me.”

  News Stations: Sat, Mar 19, 8 pm | News Stations: Sun, Mar 20, 7 pm


Mark Murphy on Piano Jazz

Mar 8, 2016
Mark Murphy
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  Regarded as one of the world’s hippest jazz vocalists, Mark Murphy (1932 – 2015) epitomized the jazz singer. He was discovered by Sammy Davis Jr. in 1953, and remained true to his art throughout his life. This week, we remember Mark Murphy with this 1998 Piano Jazz session. Accompanied by bassist Sean Smith and host McPartland, Murphy puts his mark on “Detour Ahead.” He and Smith perform their own “Song for the Geese.”

 News Stations: Sat, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, 7 pm


Jay Leonhart on Piano Jazz

Feb 29, 2016
Jay Leonhart
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  The turning point which propelled musician Jay Leonhart to take up the bass was hearing Ray Brown with the Oscar Peterson Trio in 1955. He has since become a superior bassist, a witty lyricist, and a charming singer. He has played with musicians from all genres and has been on the New York jazz scene for almost five decades. On this 2001 Piano Jazz, he performs his composition “Blues for Marilyn.”

News Stations: Sat, 8 pm | Classical Station: Sun, 7 pm

Sumi Tonooka on Piano Jazz

Feb 22, 2016
Sumi Tonooka
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  Pianist Sumi Tonooka is an incisive musician of great originality and imagination. She has toured with Art Blakely and teamed with tenor saxophonist Odean Pope and drummer Philly Joe Jones. In 2015, she was selected for the Music Alive: New Partnerships Residencies through New Music USA. On her visit to Piano Jazz in 1992, Tonooka swings with an easy grace while playing a great rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Tonooka and McPartland join up to show what jazz is all about on “Solar.”

News Stations: Sat, 8 pm | Classical Station: Sun, 7 pm

Phil Woods on Piano Jazz

Feb 15, 2016
Phil Woods
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  Saxophonist Phil Woods (1931 – 2015) was a true master of bebop. Whether weaving jazz improvisations with other members of his group or playing feisty crackling licks on cool solos, Woods’ playing was always compelling. He built up his amazing technique with Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, and with his quartet. We remember Phil Woods with this Piano Jazz from 2003. In this session, his imaginative and sultry sound blends with his trio and McPartland on “How About You” and “Fine and Dandy.”

News Stations: Sat, 8 pm | Classical Station: Sun, 7 pm


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