Piano Jazz swings in the holiday season, as Marian McPartland and her guests from seasons past, present and future share favorite memories and unique musical performances of Christmas classics and original holiday tunes.
Over the years, McPartland has collected Christmas music from her Piano Jazz guests. The performances are usually recorded following a taping of the show — most are on-the-spot, off-the-cuff, unrehearsed takes. Many of these performances have been collected on three recordings, An NPR Jazz Christmas With Marian McPartland and Friends I, II and III, available through the NPR shop and select retailers.
- George Shearing (piano), Marian McPartland (piano), "Let is Snow"
- Shearing (piano), "Snowfall"
- Tony DeSare (piano, vocals), "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm"
- Carli Munoz (piano), "Improvisations On The 12 Days Of Christmas"
- Robin Meloy Goldsby (piano), "First Snow"
- Mimi Fox (guitar), McPartland (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (bass), "Joy To The World"
- Amina Figarova (piano), "Christmas Song"
- Stefano Bollani (piano), "Tu Scendi Delle Stelle"
- Ayako Shirasaki (piano), "Sleigh Ride"
- Aaron Diehl (piano), "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
- Larry Willis (piano), "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
- Dena DeRose (piano, vocals), "The Christmas Song"
- Roseanna Vitro (vocals), McPartland (piano), "Cool Yule"