- News Stations: Sat, Nov 8, 8 pm | News Stations: Sun, Nov 9, 7 pm - 

  - News Stations: Sat, Nov 01, 8pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Nov 2, 7 pm - 

  This broadcast of Piano Jazz is in memory of pianist Kenny Drew Jr. (June 14, 1958 - August 3, 2014). The son of pianist Kenny Drew, who rose to fame in the fifties and sixties, Kenny Drew Jr. made his own way with a virtuosic career in both jazz and classical. He favored distinct, single-note lines but could also play in a full orchestral style. In this 1992 session, Drew interprets Monk’s “In Walked Bud,” then he and McPartland collaborate on “Falling in Love with You.”

Roy Hargrove
Adriana Mateo

- Classical Stations: Sun, Oct 26, 7 pm | News Stations: Sat, Oct 25, 8 pm  - 


   Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove has played with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Mulgrew Miller, and Bobby Watson. His blazing sound, depth of feeling, and joy in playing was evident even from a young age, when he was discovered by Wynton Marsalis at a high school jazz clinic. On this 1998 Piano Jazz, Hargrove joins McPartland for “I Wish I Knew,” and McPartland performs “Threnody.”

Cassandra Wilson
Ojah Media Group

Classical Stations: Sun, Oct 19, 7 pm | News Stations: Sat, Oct 18, 8 pm

  In this 1999 edition of Piano Jazz, recorded live at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City, host McPartland welcomes vocalist Cassandra Wilson for an hour of jazz standards. Wilson is known for the enormous range of emotion in her performances. She delights with an array of tunes, joining McPartland and bassist Peter Washington for “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” and “Old Devil Moon.”

Joe Wilder

News Stations: Sat, Oct 04 | Classical Stations: Sun, Oct 07/5
Joe Wilder

  This broadcast of Piano Jazz is in memory of trumpeter Joe Wilder (February 22, 1922 – May 9, 2014). Wilder had his first professional gig at age nineteen and went on to play with some of the most popular big band orchestras of the day. He continued recording and touring throughout his life and was awarded the Jazz Master Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In this 2001 session, Wilder joins McPartland and bassist Rufus Reid for the Gershwins’ “Lady be Good.”

Freddy Cole
Clay Walker (c) 2007

Classical Stations: Sun, Sept 27, 7 pm | News Stations: Sat, Sept 28, 8 pm

  Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. As Nat King Cole’s younger brother, he has developed his own style to showcase his familial vocal talents. He brings this special ability to “Sometimes I’m Happy.” Cole and McPartland wrap up this program from 1998 with a performance of “My Hat’s on the Side of My Head.”

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Sep 10, 2014

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

Eddie Palmieri on JazzSet

Sep 8, 2014

Classical Stations: Sat, 9pm

 Program Listings

Benny Green – Monk – 9/6/14

From the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, it’s the music of Thelonious Monk, the 20th century pianist who left a trove of compositions and recordings. Onstage is a current jazz treasure, Benny Green, getting ready to play some of Monk’s best. Peter Washington is on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. Special guest Gary Smulyan on bari sax will join the festivities a little later.

Eddie Palmieri – 9/13/14

Helen Merrill on Piano Jazz (1995)

Aug 27, 2014

Helen Merrill’s voice is an instrument that sometimes carries the melody and sometimes complements the improvisational skills of her co-musicians. In this session from 1995, McPartland performs a “Portrait of Helen Merrill.” Merrill joins McPartland to perform songs popularized by Billie Holiday, including Bob Haggart’s “What’s New” and Holiday’s “Don’t Explain.”