Night Train remembers alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe on his birthday. For the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, there’s music from Indian percussionist Ramesh Shotham for his birthday, and from critically acclaimed pianist, composer, and educator Vijay Iyer, including a special with him in hour two of the show. And Night Train also highlights new music from the Barrett Martin Group, drummer Peter Erskine and his Dr. Um Band, and Latin jazz percussions Steven Kroon.
Night Train marks birthdays of two great jazz pianists tonight – Mary Lou Williams and Keith Jarrett. We’ll hear music from Jarrett’s new album with the Standards Trio in hour one and a special with him in hour two of the show. There’s also new music from pianist Emmet Cohen with legendary bassist Ron Carter, pianist Chick Corea with drummer Steve Gadd, and the Peter Sommer Septet.
Night Train marks birthdays of Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Tania Maria, and of guitarist Anthony Wilson (featured with Diana Krall and the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, along with his own groups). Plus new swing-inspired releases from Squirrel Nut Zippers, Hot Club Sandwich, Kevin Connor & Swing 3PO, and the Idiomatiques – and Don Braden’s new tribute to Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder.
Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn tonight on the Night Train, as performed by guitarist Kenny Burrell, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, Red Mitchell with Roger Kellaway, Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Benny Golson, Sarah King & the Smoke Rings, Allen Toussaint, Dan Cray and Lafayette Harris, Jr.