Program Archives

Tierney Sutton
06/28/15

Vocalist Tierney Sutton is one of the hottest jazz artists working today. A six-time Grammy nominee, her album After Blue was nominated for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” in 2015. When Sutton...

Gerry Mulligan
06/21/15

Gerry Mulligan (1927 – 1996) was best known as a baritone saxophonist. He was pivotal in developing the West Coast jazz sound and was featured in big bands for years. He also composed and...

Hazel Scott
06/07/15

Pianist and vocalist Hazel Scott (June 11, 1920 – 1981) was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. A child prodigy, she had a life-long career as a jazz artist on stage and screen, performing...

Doc Cheatham
05/31/15

Trumpeter Adolphus “Doc” Cheatham (1905 – 1997) was known for his admirable technique and tone. His signature slight burr gave his solos an edge, but his approach was warm and elegant. He...

Pamela Hines
05/24/15

Pamela Hines is a pianist and composer whose forte is a complex and engaging take on the structural components of music within the jazz form. She brings nuances and impressive technical abilities...

Gonzalo Rubalcaba
05/17/15

The music of pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba is a potent mixture of Cuban and American jazz. His style is both melodic and rhythmic, filled with exciting and intriguing influences. He plays everything...

Marian McPartland
05/10/15

In addition to being a lauded pianist, composer, and arranger, Sharon Freeman is an accomplished French horn player. She has worked with many jazz greats, including Gil Evans, Charles Mingus,...

Shirley Horn
04/27/15

Jazz musicians have long admired pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn (1934 – 2005). Her sensitive and relaxed playing style and unique vocals earned her comparisons to fellow jazz greats such as...

Stanley Cowell
04/20/15

Recorded before a live audience at NPR studios in Washington, DC, Marian McPartland hosted pianist Stanley Cowell for this 1999 Piano Jazz. Known for his brilliant and highly personal approach,...

04/16/15

Composer, arranger, and pianist Henry Mancini (1924 – 1994) penned some of the most memorable tunes of the modern era. Throughout his career, he recorded more than 90 albums and won 20 Grammys and...

Carmen McRae
04/06/15

Vocalist Carmen McRae (April 8, 1920 – 1994) was an expert of rhythm, deft phrasing, and personal, bittersweet ballads. Her enigmatic, dark contralto voice relied upon the ironic interpretation of...

John Pizzarelli
03/31/15

Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli is one of the hottest jazz acts on the scene today. With his swinging and sophisticated style, he makes music that sounds both classic and modern. He’s the son...

Marian McPartland
03/19/15

Last year on March 20, on what would have been her 96th birthday, the Piano Jazz family gathered in New York for 'Remembering Marian,’ to honor Marian McPartland’s remarkable career in music....

03/06/15

Trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval is one of Cuba’s best-known musical exports. He’s won multiple Grammys, including one for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2013, and his life...

02/22/10

Pianist Steve Kuhn is a highly accomplished player, a creative composer, and an old friend of Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland. He's played with John Coltrane, Chet Baker, and Oliver Nelson, and...