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- News Stations: Sat, May 23, 8 pm | News Stations: Sun, May 24, 7 pm -

Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton (1908 – 2002) was one of the most influential figures in the annals of jazz. He made the vibes a vital voice in the arsenal of jazz instruments and gained international fame playing in Benny Goodman’s small groups and leading his own orchestra. On this 1989 Piano Jazz, Hampton and McPartland duet on a set including “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Mack the Knife.”

Gonzalo Rubalcaba
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- News Stations: Sat, May 16, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, May 17, 7 pm -

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 from jazz to classical as well as music from his native land, Cuba. When he was a guest on Piano Jazz in 1995, he spoke with host McPartland through an interpreter and dazzled with pieces including “Con Alma” and “Straight No Chaser.”

- News Stations: Sat, May 09, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, May 10, 7 pm 

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, Lionel Hampton, and Charlie Haden. In 1988, she was McPartland’s guest on Piano Jazz, where she demonstrated her skill as a pianist on standards such as “Body and Soul” and “Heaven,” along with her own composition “Waltz for Achim.”

  - News Stations: Sat, May 2, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, May 3, 7 pm -  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 Count Basie and Nat King Cole. In this Piano Jazz session from 1995, Horn brings her unmistakable contralto to a set including “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely” and “End of a Beautiful Friendship.” McPartland performs her original tune “Days of Our Love.”


Emily King
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  - News Stations: Sun, May 3, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, May 3, 6 pm - Grammy-nominated vocalist and songwriter Emily King is the daughter of internationally known jazz duo Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti, and her musical journey has taken her far. She’s toured with John Legend and Sara Bareilles, and she’s released duets with Jose James and Taylor McFerrin. In this edition of Song Travels, King performs her original songs “Distance” and “Georgia.”

Bonus: Ginny Mancini

Apr 20, 2015

On this special edition of the Piano Jazz Shorts podcast, we remember the life of Henry Mancini, who would have been 91 April 16th. Ginny Mancini was a recent guest on NPR's Song Travels with Michael Feinstein, and she told how she and Henry met, fell in love, and were married. It's a great story and we want to share it thereby adding to the Henry Mancini broadcast from last week's Piano Jazz. We hope you'll enjoy this excerpt from the Song Travels interview.

Stanley Cowell
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  - News Stations: Sat, Apr 25, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Apr 26, 7 pm - 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, Cowell bridges traditional and contemporary styles of jazz. He and McPartland challenge each other in inventive duets, and Cowell performs his famous composition “Euqipoise.”

Jake Shimabukuro
Alex Ferrari

  - News Statons: Sun, Apr 26, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Apr 26, 6 pm - Jake Shimabukuro has carried the sound of the ukulele from the shores of Hawaii to the world’s concert stages. In his hands the humble “little guitar” sings everything from J.S. Bach to the Beatles. This week, Shimabukuro performs “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and joins host Feinstein for a duet of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Bobbi Conner
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Vanessa Hinson about the latest research related to managing Parkinson’s Disease day-to-day.    Dr. Hinson is the Director of the Movement Disorders Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. 


Ginny Mancini on Song Travels

Apr 13, 2015

 - News Stations: Sunday, April 5, 2pm | Classical Stations: Sunday, April 5, 6 pm - 16.

  Ginny Mancini performed with Mel Tormé and the Mel Tones before marrying fellow musician, composer, and conductor, Henry Mancini, who passed away in 1994. He would have celebrated his 91st birthday on April 16. This week, we remember Henry Mancini, as Ginny shares stories of their life together, her career, and Henry’s remarkable contributions to American film, television, and song.


- News Stations: Sun, Apr 12, 2 pm | Classical Stations: 6 pm -

  Singer, virtuoso guitarist, and composer José Feliciano joins host Michael Feinstein for an enchanting hour of conversation and music on this edition of Song Travels

  

Jazz vocalist and pianist Dardanelle Hadley (1917 – 1997) was born Marcia Marie Mullen, the daughter of vocalist/pianist Marcius Mosely “Buck” Mullen. In the 1940s, she formed a trio that played regularly at the Copacabana Club in New York, and she went on to work with jazz greats such as Bucky Pizaarelli and Grady Tate. In this Piano Jazz session from 1984, Hadley shows off her chops on “All the Things You Are” and duets with McPartland on “It’s Delovely.”

Jeremy Denk and Joshua Bell
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Michael Feinstein welcomes the dynamic classical duo of violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk. The two have been recording and performing together in the classical repertoire for years and are equally at home thumbing through the pages of the Great American Songbook. On this Song Travels, Bell and Denk perform selections by Ravél, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns, connecting the dots between French Impressionism and Gershwin. 

- News Stations: Sun, Mar 22, 2 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Mar 22, 6 pm -

Remembering Marian: Jon Faddis and Jon Weber

Mar 4, 2015

Remembering Marian: A Celebration of the Music and Life of Marian McPartland was held on March 20, 2014. On what would have been her ninety-sixth birthday, the Piano Jazz family gathered at 92Y in New York to say goodbye. Hosted by Jon Weber, friends and family celebrated McPartland’s remarkable life in music.

Remembering Marian: Bill Charlap, George Mraz

Mar 4, 2015

Remembering Marian: A Celebration of the Music and Life of Marian McPartland was held on March 20, 2014. On what would have been her ninety-sixth birthday, the Piano Jazz family gathered at 92Y in New York to say goodbye. Hosted by Jon Weber, friends and family celebrated McPartland’s remarkable life in music.

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