If you don't know about it, listen to 85 Candles - Live in New York, recorded at Birdland in NYC on her 85th birthday. If you are an audiophile, there is stunning sound on this CD. If you are a music lover, many jazz men and women of renown, some who are up there in years, perform on this CD. Overall, a very satisfying CD and when you are in the mood to hear what your system can do, listen to "Lester Leaps In" and the Miles Davis tune, "All Blues". These are great, particularly if you like to hear horns played flat out.
I have heard her perform four or five times in the last 10 years at various clubs in New York. The last time was last year at the tribute to Oscar Peterson at Carnegie Hall. She can still play, but some of the virtuosity is leaving her due to age. One thing that I always liked about her playing that I really don't hear anyone else do in quite the same way was that she always has great chords and what Dave Brubeck describes as beautiful inner voices. I don't think by any means was she the greatest technical pianist out there, but she is unique in the way she plays and does great service to any piece that she plays in spotlighting the melody and the beauty.
Although I am no longer a regular listener to her NPR program because there are so many repeats, I have bought many CD's made from those programs. I can recommend many highly, including Dizzie Gillespie, Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Carmen McRae, Oscar Peterson, Shirley Horne, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Milt Hinton and her favorite pianist, Mary Lou Williams. Some of these are great for the music, some are great for the music lesson, some are great for a composing lesson, some are great for the stories, the reminiscing and the conversation. She is an excellent interviewer and has the ability to put everyone at ease and, of course, like any great pianist, the ability to adapt her playing to nearly almost any situation and anyone else's playing or singing. Most of all, it is clear that she loves to play and that is infectious.
I have to admit that I bought my Marantz 10B tuner so that I could listen to her program with excellent fidelity.