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Preview: Piano Jazz Shorts Podcast

Piano Jazz Shorts



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



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Eliane Elias,1988

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0400

Brazilian pianist, composer, and vocalist Eliane Elias grew up with an affinity for both the music of her home country as well as American jazz. She got her start performing with two renowned Brazilian artists, singer-songwriter Toquinho and poet Vinicius de Moraes, before moving to New York in the 1980s, where she took the American jazz scene by storm. She was McPartland's guest for the first time in this 1988 Piano Jazz session. Elias plays a beautiful arrangement of "Darn that Dream" and teams up with McPartland for "Falling in Love with Love."


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Willie Pickens 1997

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0400

Piano Jazz remembers Willie Pickens (April 18, 1931 – December 12, 2017), who passed away at the age of 86. A master of digital speed and harmonic sophistication, the Chicago pianist was McPartland's guest for this 1997 program. Recorded live at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, the set kicks off with an improvised boogie-woogie that shows why Pickens' contemporaries revered him as "one of the foremost piano players in jazz." He and McPartland bring down the house with a joint performance of "Just One of Those Things."


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Cleo Brown, 1085

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0400

Pianist and vocalist Cleo Brown (1909 – 1995) was one of the early innovators of the boogie-woogie style and the first female instrumentalist to be named an NEA Jazz Master. She retired from performing in the 1950s and focused her attention on religious music, bringing her gifted voice and strong left hand to gospel tunes. On this 1985 Piano Jazz, Brown makes a rare appearance to perform her greatest hit, "Pinetop's Boogie-Woogie," and to recall the style's heyday in the 1930s. She delights McPartland with a duet version of "A Closer Walk with Thee."


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Nicholas Payton, 1998

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400

Trumpeter Nicholas Payton has been hailed as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. A native of New Orleans, Payton learned the art of improvisation from Wynton Marsalis and as a teen performed with the late trumpet master Clark Terry. A young virtuoso, he was in his twenties when he sat down with McPartland for this 1998 Piano Jazz session. Bassist Ray Drummond joins Payton and McPartland for a trio set, including the standard "Four" and an original improvised tune, "Payton's Other Place Blues."


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Gil Goldstein, 2001

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400

Composer and arranger Gil Goldstein came to the piano by way of the accordion, which he has rediscovered and added to the jazz lexicon. Collaborations with Jaco Pistorius and Bill Evans fostered his career and led to work with David Sanborn, Michael Franks, and Al Jarreau, among others, and to writing original scores for films. In this 2001 Piano Jazz session, Goldstein solos on his own "City Lights." McPartland accompanies him as he plays accordion for a few tunes, including "Waltz for Debbie."


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Earma Thompson, 2005

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400

For more than 50 years, Earma Thompson (1923 – 2009) was a constant on the Chicago jazz scene. She was recognized as the reigning queen of Windy City jazz but spent most of her career as a dependable and accomplished side person. In her 80s Thompson released her first albums as a leader, including 2004's Just in Time, which debuted shortly before her 2005 appearance on Piano Jazz. In this session, Thompson showcases her elegant, bluesy style on "Back at the Chicken Shack" before joining McPartland for "Lullaby of the Leaves."


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Jimmy McPartland, 1990

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0500

This year marks the centennial of Marian McPartland (1918 – 2013). In honor of the occasion, Piano Jazz revisits a session with Marian and Jimmy McPartland. In addition to playing with the early greats, such as Bix Beiderbecke and Fats Waller, Cornet Legend Jimmy McPartland (1907 – 1991) was also responsible for introducing a young English pianist named Margaret Marian Turner to the American Jazz scene. In this classic program from 1990, the McPartlands perform one of Jimmy's favorite tunes, "St. James Infirmary."


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Jeremy Monteiro, 2008

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Jeremy Monteiro is a Pianist, Singer, Composer and Educator who grew up in Singapore, where he launched a remarkable career, landing his first gig at 17. He gained international attention in 1988 at the Montreaux Jazz Festival and has continued to gain acclaim worldwide throughout his career. To his credit he has more than 20 albums as a leader, is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and has received Singapore's highest honor in the arts, the Cultural Medallion. On this 2008 Piano Jazz, he and McPartland perform a set of standards and a few originals, including Monteiro's "Asiana" and "Blues for Sax."


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Carol Sloane, 2002

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:08:41 -0500

Carol Sloane is a sublime singer of great songs. She is natural and unaffected, with a voice that embraces the melody and the listener with equal parts maturity and conviction. Combining spirit with character, elegance with style, Sloane has enchanted audiences all over the world. Her command of the Great American Songbook is unmatched. On this 2002 Piano Jazz, Sloane brings her effortless charms to Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek." She and McPartland end the hour with Ellington's "I Love You Madly."


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Frank Kimbrough, 1997

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500

When pianist Frank Kimbrough was McPartland's guest in 1997, he was performing regularly with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra at Visiones Jazz Club in New York, where he has been active on the jazz scene for nearly four decades. An educator and recording artist, Kimbrough was a founding member and composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective. In this Piano Jazz session, Kimbrough's graceful, romantic style is evident on a Herbie Nichols tune, "Wildflower." He and McPartland duet on Sonny Rollins' "Doxy."


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