Tue May 27, 2014
Birthday of Miles Davis + tribute albums and more Scofield and Sun Ra
Night Train marks birthdays of singer Peggy Lee and jazz legend Miles Davis (including a special about the making of his classic album, Kind of Blue, in hour two of the show). Plus more from May featured artists John Scofield (including music he did with Miles) and Sun Ra, and new music from guitartists Dave Stryker and Greg Amirault.
Night Train marks birthdays of pianists Marc Copland and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson, and also singer Dee Dee Bridgewater. In hour two of the show, it’s a Song Travels special featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, talking about her recent critically acclaimed theatrical tribute to Billie Holiday and singing several Billie Holiday classics. Plus more music from May featured artists Sun Ra (from one of his standards sets) and John Scofield (from the only album he did with guitarist Pat Metheny).
Tribute albums are in the spotlight tonight – including George Cable’s recent celebration of his “Icons and Influences,” Eric Alexander’s tribute to Chicago jazz on the new album “Chicago Fire,” Carmen McRae’s remembrance of Sarah Vaughan, Freddy Cole’s Billy Eckstine album, and the latest from Craig Handy celebrating both Jimmy Smith and the music of New Orleans.
A final night with May featured artists Sun Ra and John Scofield – with some funky tracks from both in store. Plus birthday salutes to pianists Lynne Arriale and Hilton Ruiz, bassist Eugene Wright (of Dave Brubeck Quartet fame), trumpeter Sean Jones, and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon – including a performance from Gordan in hour two of the show from the Savannah Music Festival.