Piano Jazz Shorts: NPR

Host: Marian McPartland
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Pat Metheny on Piano Jazz


Highlights from various previously-aired Piano Jazz episodes. Piano Jazz began on June 4, 1978. Hosted by jazz pianist Marian McPartland, Piano Jazz was the longest-running cultural program on NPR. As an award-winning program, it showcased both acclaimed artists and up-and-coming performers as they shared music and memories.

About the Host

Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland passed away on August 20, 2013. She was 95.

Marian McPartland gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music. For more than 40 years, she hosted Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, an NPR program pairing conversation and duet performances that reached an audience of millions, connecting with jazz fans and the curious alike. She interviewed practically every major jazz musician of the post-WWII era. McPartland's soft English accent wasn't the only thing that made her a good radio personality. She was an accomplished jazz pianist herself, which was readily evident on her program.

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