Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on WUOT

Fridays from 9-10 p.m.

For over 30 years, legendary pianist Marian McPartland welcomed a stellar line-up of jazz artists for conversation and improvisation on her Peabody Award-winning program. Piano Jazz fans say the show's intimate style is "like listening in on a conversation in someone's living room." And no one but McPartland, with her engaging personality and improvisational savvy, could host such a variety of performers in her radio "living room."

Every Friday night, beginning at 9, we celebrate Marian's greatest interactions and interviews with the best that the jazz world has to offer.

March 2014 

7  Mary Lou Williams
14  Joanne Brackeen
21 Nadine Jansen
28 Dianne Reeves

February 2014 

Remembering Cedar Walton
14 Saxophonist Grace Kelly
21 Cleo Laine and John Dankworth
28 Alica Coltrane

January 2014

3   Elvis Costello, Part 1
10   Elvis Costello, Part 2
17 The Hickory House Trio
24  Jim Hall
31 Herbie Hancock

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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Piano Jazz
11:52 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
12:01 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz

Tony Bennett.
Jo Hale Getty Images Entertainment

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
8:56 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Russell Malone On Piano Jazz

Russell Malone.
Courtesy of the artist

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
12:33 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz

Dianne Reeves.
Courtesy of the artist

This Piano Jazz episode from 1999 features one of today's preeminent jazz singers. Dianne Reeves brings her rhythmic virtuosity to a sparkling set of standards, including duets with host Marian McPartland on "Close Enough for Love" and "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise."

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