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Piano Jazz Shorts

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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.

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Great show- the part we get

By Velmadonna - Aug 08 2012
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But please let us hear the whole show.

Love it

By Jkrav2014 - Apr 09 2010
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Why can't all music podcasts be like this. Short sweet to the point. Good music. I love it!!

iTunes Ratings

122 Ratings
Average Ratings
80
19
6
7
10

Great show- the part we get

By Velmadonna - Aug 08 2012
Read more
But please let us hear the whole show.

Love it

By Jkrav2014 - Apr 09 2010
Read more
Why can't all music podcasts be like this. Short sweet to the point. Good music. I love it!!

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Piano Jazz Shorts

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

Rank #1: Tony Bennertt, 1990

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Ever-popular song stylist Tony Bennett was McPartland's guest for the first time in 1990. Bennett vocalizes American popular songs like nobody else can. When he was starting out, a voice teacher, Miriam Spier, famously told him: "Don't imitate singers, imitate musicians." So, Bennett decided to emulate Art Tatum. He also credits his relaxed delivery to the inspiration of Mildred Bailey. On this edition of Piano Jazz, Bennett sings "Stay as Sweet as You Are" and "Imagination." There's no need to guess who's playing the accompaniment.

Jul 18 2018

15mins

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Rank #2: Renee Rosnes,1990

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Upon moving to New York from Vancouver, Canada, pianist and composer Renee Rosnes established a reputation as one of the premier jazz musicians on the scene. Over her 30-year career, Rosnes has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, from established masters such as Jack DeJohnette to younger giants such as Christian McBride and Melissa Aldana. On this 1990 episode of Piano Jazz, she plays Monk's "Four in One" then improvises with McPartland on her own tune "Fleur De Lis."

Jul 10 2018

15mins

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Rank #3: Stefon Harris on Piano Jazz, 2002

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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."

Aug 07 2018

11mins

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Rank #4: Jess Stacy, 1982

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This week's Piano Jazz presents an episode from the early years of the program with guest Jess Stacy (1904 – 1995), who came out of retirement to appear on the show in 1982. One of the leading pianists of the swing era, Stacy was best known for his work with the Benny Goodman Orchestra and had a prolific career before stepping back from the music world in the 1950s. In this classic session from the archives, Stacy needs no introduction as he starts the show with a solo performance of "Dancing Fool." McPartland joins to end the hour with "St. Louis Blues."

Jul 31 2018

15mins

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Rank #5: Rachel Z, 1999

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Pianist and composer Rachel Z grew up in Manhattan in a musical family. Her mother taught her classical voice and opera from a young age, but she found her own sound in the jazz and rock worlds. On the keys, she is lightning-quick and her percussive yet lyrical approach enhances her technique. In 2010, she formed a group called The Trio of Oz with her husband, Omar Hakim. On this 1999 Piano Jazz, Rachel Z performs her original "Gently Sleeps the Pear Tree." She and McPartland switch gears with "All the Things You Are."

Jul 24 2018

16mins

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