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A preview of upcoming conversations and improvisations with Marian McPartland and the brightest stars from the world of jazz.

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A preview of upcoming conversations and improvisations with Marian McPartland and the brightest stars from the world of jazz.

    Pat Metheny on Piano Jazz

    Pat Metheny on Piano Jazz

    Guitarist Pat Metheny is one of the brightest stars in the jazz firmament. The only person to win a Grammy in ten different categories, the ever-evolving artist is constantly experimenting with new technology and honing his improvisational skills and unique style. On this 2006 Piano Jazz, The Pat Metheny Trio, which includes bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez, performs an exclusive version of "Go Get It" and "Bright Size Life.

    • 22 min
    Michel Camilo on Piao

    Michel Camilo on Piao

    Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, and bandleader Michel Camilo is one of the most fascinating jazz artists working today. A prodigy from the Dominican Republic, he began his professional career at sixteen, the youngest member of the National Symphony Orchestra. In his twenties he moved to New York City, where he took the jazz scene by storm with his whirlwind approach to music, technical brilliance, and post-bop Latin rhythms. In this 1989 Piano Jazz session, Camilo plays his own composition "Nostalgia."

    • 18 min
    Eileen Farrell on Piano Jazz, 1993

    Eileen Farrell on Piano Jazz, 1993

    Long acknowledged as one of the world's leading sopranos, Eileen Farrell (1920 – 2002) was comfortable in the spotlight of opera, jazz, and the blues. She began her career as a classical and operatic singer, and in the 1980s began performing pop. Of the change, Farrell said, "In opera there is a certain person you have to be. Doing pop, I can be whoever I want to be."

    • 18 min
    Gene Harris on Piano Jazz, 1988

    Gene Harris on Piano Jazz, 1988

    Pianist Gene Harris (1933 – 2000) was an integral part of the well-known group The Three Sounds trio, with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy. After a brief hiatus in the 1970s, he teamed up with bassist Ray Brown to form a new group and also made his way as a solo act. An accomplished leader and sideman, Harris played with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, and B.B. King. On this 1988 Piano Jazz, Harris opens with a slow and easy "Black and Blue," then McPartland joins him on "Bag's Groove."

    • 7 min
    Marlene VerPlanck on Piano Jazz

    Marlene VerPlanck on Piano Jazz

    This week, Piano Jazz remembers Marlene VerPlanck (1933 – January 14, 2018), who died from cancer this year at age 84. One of the finest interpreters of American Popular Song, VerPlanck's artistic sensitivity made her a favorite of songwriters and listeners alike. As a studio singer, she was sought out by everyone from Frank Sinatra to KISS, and she also had a dynamic career as a solo performer. She was McPartland's guest in 1999. In this session, VerPlanck joins McPartland to sing "Skylark" and "Our Love is Here to Stay."

    • 8 min
    Stefon Harris on Piano Jazz, 2002

    Stefon Harris on Piano Jazz, 2002

    Vibraphonist Stefon Harris is one of the most innovative and impressive artists in jazz, blazing new trails on vibraphone and marimba. While much of his music is on the cutting edge, he has a strong sense of tradition and his technical facility knows no bounds. On this 2002 Piano Jazz, Harris shows off his fresh, clear sound on a number of duets with McPartland, including "Whisper Not," "Blue Monk," and "Bemsha Swing." McPartland solos on her own "Twilight World."

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

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Grrreat

A great set of fantastic personalities. I love the historical content and the great life-story telling.

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Horrible.

Too short. Each music selection lasts just a few seconds, then they fade it out. Either they should do it right or not at all. The first one I listened to had a lot of canned applause, done badly.

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too little music

This is such a wonderful show. It’s a pity that these podcasts cut off much of the music.

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