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Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland

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For more than twenty years, legendary pianist Marian McPartland has welcomed a stellar line-up of jazz artists for conversation and improvisation. Fans say the show’s intimate style is “like listening in on a conversation in someone’s living room." A Peabody Award-winning program, Piano Jazz presents a forum for jazz legends andinfluential performers as well as up-and-coming talents, who offer dynamic duets and discuss their lives and music. McPartland has been honored with an NEA American Jazz Master and received the ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award for her contributions to jazz.

October 26
Kyle Eastwood

When bassist Kyle Eastwood was McPartland’s guest in 1999, he had released his first solo album, From There to Here, one year earlier. Having led a quartet and worked as a session musician in the 1990s, Eastwood has gone on to a prolific career as a performer, recording artist, and composer for film and television. On this Piano Jazz, Eastwood and McPartland play a set including “In a Sentimental Mood” and “Stella by Starlight.”

November 2
George Wallington

Bop pianist George Wallington (1924 – 1993) was born in Sicily and moved to the United States with his family in the 1920s. He became a part of the New York music scene in the 1940s and played with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, and Lionel Hampton. In 1960 he retired from music, but he reemerged in 1984. As a guest on this 1985 Piano Jazz, Wallington performs his composition “Godchild.”

November 9
Jaki Byard

Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Jaki Byard (1922 – 1999) played jazz piano as well as alto and tenor saxophone. A partner of Maynard Ferguson and member of bands led by Charles Mingus, Byard went on to become an educator, teaching at the New England Conservatory and other institutions. On this Piano Jazz from 1995, Byard solos on his own “European Episode” and joins McPartland for “Rose Room” and “In a Mellow Tone.”

November 16
Hot Club of Detroit

Seventy years after Django Reinhardt’s Quintette du Hot Club de France fused Gypsy guitar with the jazz of the day, a new incarnation emerged in the Motor City. The Hot Club of Detroit is Evan Perri on lead guitar, Julien Labro on accordion, Carl Cafagna on soprano and tenor sax, Paul Brady on rhythm guitar, and Andrew Kratzat on bass. The music the Hot Club of Detroit plays for this 2009 Piano Jazz session ranges from traditional Gypsy jazz on “Coquette” to the bal musette waltz “Passions.”

November 23
Patricia Barber

Patricia Barber is a pianist and singer solidly grounded in the jazz idiom while eclectic in her style. She recorded a series of albums, each establishing a wider audience for her music. In 2002 she released her album Verse to much critical acclaim. That year, she was also McPartland’s guest on Piano Jazz. In this session, Barber performs her original song “If I Were Blue,” and McPartland joins her for “Autumn Leaves.”

November 30
Hilton Ruiz

Hilton Ruiz (1952 – 2006) was a jazz pianist in the Afro-Cuban and bebop styles. Born to Puerto Rican parents in New York, he became known as a child prodigy and as a teenager gigged professionally, working primarily with Latin music groups. Ruiz went on to work with major jazz artists like Frank Foster, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, and Joe Newman. On this 1988 Piano Jazz, Ruiz solos on his own composition “Home Coming” and duets with McPartland on “I’ll Remember April.”

December 7
Ingrid Jensen

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen has built a strong reputation among critics and peers, and McPartland praised the warmth and virtuosity of her playing. Her performances as a leader and featured soloist have taken her around the world, and she can be heard as a soloist with the Christine Jensen Orchestra, her own quartet and quintet formations, and a number of other New York-based bands. Jensen is McPartland’s guest on this 2000 Piano Jazz, with musical selections including “A Child Is Born” and “Chelsea Bridge.”

December 14
Holiday Special

On this 2006 Piano Jazz Holiday Special, host Marian McPartland takes a look back at some favorite Christmas and holiday songs performed on the show throughout the years. Melissa Walker sings “The Moon on Christmas Eve,” written by Kathryn Williams and Vana Gerig, who stop by to talk about the song’s genesis. Pianist Cleo Brown evokes the style of Duke Ellington as she plays the traditional Christmas hymn “Silent Night.”

December 21
Ruby Braff

Trumpeter and cornetist Ruby Braff (1927– 2003) drew his style from the influences of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Throughout the 1950s, he was in demand in New York as a Dixieland and swing player, and he went on to form a quartet with guitarist George Barnes and other small-group settings later in his career. On this 1992 Piano Jazz, Braff joins McPartland for duets of “Thou Swell” and “Blue and Sentimental.”

December 28
Art Hodes

Jazz pianist Art Hodes (1904 – 1993) was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States with his family as a baby. While he got his start as a musician in Chicago, his big break came when he moved to New York in 1938 and played with Joe Marsala and Mezz Mezzrow. In the 1950s, he returned to Chicago, where he remained active on the jazz scene as a performer, educator, and writer. On this 1984 Piano Jazz, Hodes plays “St. Louis Blues” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”


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