Program Archives

Max Roach
01/10/16

Being a legendary drummer was only part of Max Roach’s musical personality; he was also an accomplished composer and storyteller. On this 1998 Piano Jazz, Roach (1924 – 2007) relates a...

Art Hodes
12/27/15

Jazz pianist Art Hodes (1904 – 1993) was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States with his family as a baby. While he got his start as a musician in Chicago, his big break came when he moved...

Marian McPartland
12/20/15

Trumpeter and cornetist Ruby Braff (1927– 2003) drew his style from the influences of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Throughout the 1950s, he was in demand in New York as a Dixieland and...

Marian McPartland
12/13/15

On this 2006 Piano Jazz Holiday Special, host Marian McPartland takes a look back at some favorite Christmas and holiday songs performed on the show throughout the years. Melissa Walker...

Ingrid Jensen
12/06/15

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen has built a strong reputation among critics and peers, and Marian McPartland praised the warmth and virtuosity of her playing. Her performances as a leader and featured...

Patricia Barber
11/22/15

Patricia Barber is a pianist and singer solidly grounded in the jazz idiom while eclectic in her style. She recorded a series of albums, each establishing a wider audience for her music. In 2002...

Hot Club of Detroit
11/15/15

Seventy years after Django Reinhardt’s Quintette du Hot Club de France fused Gypsy guitar with the jazz of the day, a new incarnation emerged in the Motor City. The Hot Club of Detroit is Evan...

Jaki Byard
11/08/15

Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Jaki Byard (1922 – 1999) played jazz piano as well as alto and tenor saxophone. A partner of Maynard Ferguson and member of bands led by Charles...

George Wallington
11/01/15

Bop pianist George Wallington (1924 – 1993) was born in Sicily and moved to the United States with his family in the 1920s. He became a part of the New York music scene in the 1940s and played...

Kyle Eastwood
10/25/15

When bassist Kyle Eastwood was McPartland’s guest in 1999, he had released his first solo album, From There to Here, one year earlier. Having led a quartet and worked as a session...

Margaret Whiting
10/19/15

Vocalist Margaret Whiting (1924 – 2011) established herself as a singer of jazz and popular standards in the 1940s touring with the U.S.O. during World War II. In the decades that followed, her...

Sammy Price
10/11/15

Pianist Sammy Price (1908 – 1992) began his career in the 1920s. He became a session pianist for Decca Records in 1938, and he led his own band, the Texas Bluesicians, which included greats such...

Ray Brown
09/27/15

Double bass player Ray Brown (1926 – 2002) moved to New York in 1945 and immediately became part of the jazz scene. He worked extensively with the Oscar Peterson Trio, Jimmy Rowles, and Ella...

Onaje Allan Gumbs
09/20/15

Pianist, arranger, and songwriter Onaje Allan Gumbs began playing piano at age seven and drew his early inspiration from Henry Mancini. He studied classical piano and honed his skill in multiple...

Clark Terry
09/13/15

One of the great innovators and educators in jazz, Clark Terry (1920 – February 21, 2015) was celebrated for his technical virtuosity and swinging lyricism. He is featured in the 2014 documentary...

Marian McPartland
09/06/15

Born in Houston in 1928, Ernestine Anderson hit the jazz scene in the 1940s and has captivated audiences with her vocal warmth and rich intensity ever since. Anderson has performed at prestigious...

08/30/15

Pianist Hiromi Uehara was born in Shizuoka, Japan in 1979 and took her first piano lesson at age six. By age seventeen, she’d performed with both the Czech Philharmonic and with Chick Corea. She...

Arturo O’Farrill
08/23/15

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill is the son of the late Chico O’Farrill (1921 – 2001). A multiple Grammy winner, he has contributed to contemporary Latin jazz as leader of the...

Bertha Hope
08/16/15

Bertha Hope’s contributions to mainstream and improvised musical idioms have made her one of the elite among her peers. Wife of the pianist Elmo Hope (1923 – 1967), Bertha has kept their...

Kenny Burrell
08/09/15

Guitarist Kenny Burrell has been called a “cool, controlled romantic” whose textured playing is “subtle yet sensual, meditative, exultant, wry, and intimate.” He may well be one of the most...

Skitch Henderson
08/02/15

Skitch Henderson (1918 – 2005) worked as a piano soloist on Frank Sinatra’s and Bing Crosby’s radio shows. He began a long-time association with NBC in 1951, appearing as pianist, conductor,...

Corky Hale
07/26/15

Multi-instrumentalist Corky Hale has been blazing trails since her career began. She started piano at three, harp at eight, flute at ten, and cello at twelve. In the late 1950s, she became Mel...

Rio Clemente
07/19/15

Rio Clemente was born Rosario Clemente in Morristown, New Jersey. Known as the “Bishop of Jazz,” he was educated at the Juilliard School of Music. His training in classical music paved the way for...

Willie Ruff
07/12/15

Willie Ruff is a master of the bass and the French horn, which he reveals as a singularly beautiful jazz instrument. Trained as a classical musician, he studied with Paul Hindemith at the Yale...

Dwike Mitchell
07/05/15

Pianist Dwike Mitchell (1930 – 2013) joined bassist and French horn soloist Willie Ruff in 1955 to form the Mitchell-Ruff duo, which created a stir in New York nightclubs and across the globe as...