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  • Willie Pickens On Piano Jazz

    Chicago jazz mainstay Willie Pickens died this past December at age 86. Revisit his performance with McPartland in this 1997 episode of Piano Jazz.

  • Cleo Brown On Piano Jazz

    Cleo Brown makes a rare appearance to perform her greatest hit, "Pinetop's Boogie-Woogie," and to recall the style's heyday in the 1930s.

  • The 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

    Dianne Reeves, Pat Metheny, Joanne Brackeen and Todd Barkan are recipients of the 2018 Jazz Masters award — the highest honor the U.S. gives to a jazz musician or advocate.

  • Nicholas Payton On Piano Jazz

    The trumpet prodigy learned how to improv from fellow New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis. Payton was only in his 20s when he visited with McPartland for this 1998 episode.

  • Jazz, Freed: On Cecil Taylor's Expansive Brilliance

    Over a career that sprawled across six full decades, Taylor maintained an unwavering standard of expedition. And what he discovered — in an endless, boundless process — was a world unto himself.

  • Cecil Taylor On Piano Jazz

    Cecil Taylor encompasses a never-ending range of sound and emotion. Hear an archival session with Marian McPartland from 1994.

  • Cecil Taylor, Jazz Icon Of The Avant-Garde, Dies At 89

    Taylor stretched the beats in a measure and played notes outside the chords of a song. A pioneer of free jazz, the pianist and composer remained true to his vision even through financial struggle.

  • Gil Goldstein On Piano Jazz

    In this 2001 episode, the D.C. native and frequent film composer performs his original "City Lights" as well as demonstrates his chops on the accordion.

  • Jazzmeia Horn Enters The Jazz-Vocal Pantheon

    A singer of ironclad capability, creative drive and irrepressible panache, she has emerged as the breakout new talent in a formidable jazz-vocal tradition.