Night Train kicks off the new year with birthday salutes to Chris Potter (from his double-Grammy nominated 2017 release), Latin jazz artists Manny Oquendo and Andy Gonzalez, bassist Al McKibbon, singer Susannah McCorkle, and vibes master and Modern Jazz Quartet member Milt Jackson. Also, music from the 2017 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated album from Antonio Adolfo, and in hour two a salute to Milt Jackson and the Modern Jazz Quartet from Aaron Diehl at the Savannah Music Festival.
Night Train features music from several show favorites from 2017 for the January feature – including the Audrey Ochoa Trio, Fred Hersch, and the Christian McBride Big Band. There’s also music from two artists born on this date, the Crescent City’s Trombone Shorty and Chicago saxophonist Ari Brown.
Night Train marks the birthday of saxophonist James Carter and continues with more of the Best of 2017, with both show favorites and Grammy nominees featured tonight, including Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge, Joey DeFrancesco, Louis Hayes, Jazzmeia Horn, and Pat Martino, along with tributes to Arthur Blythe, Horace Parlan, and Larry Coryell who passed away in 2017.
Night Train marks the birthdays of multi-instrumentalist and hipster Slim Gaillard, saxophone and flute player Frank Wess, and guitarist John McLaughlin (including a special with McLaughlin in hour two of the show). Plus more for the January Best of 2017 feature, including Grammy-nominated releases from Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Randy Porter Trio with Nancy King, and three generations of Latin jazz musicians on the Familia album.