Piano Jazz

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Piano Jazz
Home stationSouth Carolina Public Radio
SyndicatesNPR
Hosted byMarian McPartland
Original releaseJune 4, 1978 (1978-06-04) – 2011 (2011)
Websitewww.npr.org

Piano Jazz is a weekly one-hour radio show produced and distributed by National Public Radio (NPR). It began on June 4, 1978, and was hosted by jazz pianist Marian McPartland (1918–2013) until 2011. It is the longest-running cultural program on NPR. The show generally features a single guest (though small groups and duos are also featured at times), and usually consists of about an equal mixture of discussion and playing, often duets with McPartland. Initially the guests were limited to jazz pianists, but the format was later expanded to include performers on other instruments as well as other genres (though the performances remain focused on jazz tunes). The show provides an inside look at the relationships of jazz musicians, since McPartland often had long friendships with many of her guests. Piano Jazz won a Peabody Award in 1983. The show is an exclusive production of South Carolina public radio on WLTR and is offered nationally by NPR.

A number of shows have been released commercially on CD or LP, including shows with Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Bruce Hornsby, Mary Lou Williams, Shirley Horn, Steely Dan[1] Milt Hinton,[2] Kenny Burrell,[3] Lionel Hampton[4] and Les McCann.[5] These were released on The Jazz Alliance, a subsidiary of Concord Records founded around 1990 for this purpose.[6]

On November 10, 2011, NPR announced the retirement of Marian McPartland from the program. Jon Weber stepped into McPartland's shoes, recording 13 episodes for the renamed Piano Jazz Rising Stars, broadcast in early 2012 and 2013. It features mainly young musicians such as Whitney James, Jason Moran, Taylor Eigsti and Grace Kelly. McPartland's Piano Jazz continues as a series of rebroadcasts of old programs, with Piano Jazz Rising Stars becoming a separate program.

Program log: guest list[edit]

(This is a list of recording dates in year-month-day format for the sessions listed; when the exact date is unknown, 00 is used as a placeholder)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Steely Dan,
  2. ^ Allmusic Milt Hinton
  3. ^ Allmusic Kenny Burrell
  4. ^ Allmusic Hampton
  5. ^ Allmusic Les McCann
  6. ^ Deane L. Root (ed.). "Jazz Alliance, the". Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Ellis Larkins On Piano Jazz". npr.org. May 10, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Monty Alexander interview with Marion McPartland
  9. ^ "Dizzy Gillespie On Piano Jazz". npr.org. July 25, 2008. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "Blossom Dearie On Piano Jazz". npr.org. October 30, 2009. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "Michel Petrucciani On Piano Jazz". npr.org. December 24, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "Mel Torme On Piano Jazz". npr.org. December 12, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Eartha Kitt On Piano Jazz". npr.org. February 13, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  14. ^ "Dave Brubeck On Piano Jazz". npr.org. December 7, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  15. ^ "Sarah Vaughan On Piano Jazz". npr.org. June 10, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  16. ^ "Eddie Palmieri On Piano Jazz". npr.org. April 12, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  17. ^ "Oscar Peterson On Piano Jazz". npr.org. August 15, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  18. ^ "Les Paul On Piano Jazz". npr.org. December 24, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  19. ^ "Howard Alden On Piano Jazz". npr.org. May 2, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  20. ^ "Russell Malone On Piano Jazz". npr.org. November 30, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  21. ^ "Christian McBride On Piano Jazz". npr.org. August 22, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  22. ^ "Clare Fischer On Piano Jazz". npr.org. June 7, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  23. ^ "Dee Dee Bridgewater On Piano Jazz". npr.org. May 19, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  24. ^ "Joyce Collins On Piano Jazz". npr.org. August 13, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  25. ^ "Jon Faddis On Piano Jazz". npr.org. May 27, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  26. ^ "Regina Carter On Piano Jazz". npr.org. April 28, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  27. ^ "Gary Burton On Piano Jazz". npr.org. January 23, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  28. ^ "Janis Siegel On Piano Jazz". npr.org. June 14, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  29. ^ "Charlie Watts And Tim Ries On Piano Jazz". npr.org. August 31, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  30. ^ "Kenny Werner On Piano Jazz". npr.org. November 22, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  31. ^ "Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz". npr.org. October 11, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  32. ^ "Ray Charles On Piano Jazz". npr.org. July 11, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  33. ^ "Renee Rosnes at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival". npr.org. April 4, 2008. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  34. ^ "Larry Vuckovich On Piano Jazz". npr.org. May 9, 2008. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  35. ^ "Robert Glasper On Piano Jazz". npr.org. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  36. ^ "Stefano Bollani On Piano Jazz". npr.org. December 13, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  37. ^ "Andrew Hill On Piano Jazz". npr.org. March 21, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  38. ^ "Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz". npr.org. June 6, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  39. ^ "Tony DeSare On Piano Jazz". npr.org. June 28, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  40. ^ "Diana Krall On Piano Jazz". npr.org. August 1, 2008. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  41. ^ "Nnenna Freelon: Piano Jazz At Tanglewood". npr.org. May 8, 2009. Retrieved November 29, 2018.

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