Concerts featured this time on the Night Train as we highlight music from quite a number of jazz artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week, along with Brazilian duos (for our February feature) live from the Savannah Music Festival in a special in hour two of the show. There’s also live music from the duo of Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau, and new music from Johnny O’Neal and Richie Cole.
Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Mardi Gras with music from New Orleans – including new albums from the Jambalaya Brass Band, Jason Marsalis & the 21st Century Trad Band, Bonerama, Jon Cleary and Dave Bartholomew, along with the Olympia Brass Band, Allen Toussaint, Kermit Ruffins, and a song from Louis Armstrong & the Hot Five that is going into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year, and a special in hour two about his Hot Five and Seven bands.
Night Train joins Global Village and Strange Currency in celebrating Valentine’s Day with a show devoted to songs of the heart. Highlights include selections from Chet Baker, Nina Simone (a Rock Hall of Fame inductee this year), Shirley Horn- and for our duos feature, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, and Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong. It’s also the birthday of saxophonist Maceo Parker (of James Brown’s JB Horns fame) and trombonist Rob McConnell, so the show will highlight the romantic side of their work as well.
Night Train celebrates birthdays of composer Harold Arlen (with versions of his songs from Dianne Reeves, Ernestine Anderson, Scott Hamilton, and as we feature duos this month – cornetist Ruby Braff and pianist Roger Kellaway) and drummer Herlin Riley (on Lucky Peterson’s new tribute to Jimmy Smith, as a leader, and in hour two in a special commissioned production of Walter Blanding's "Tick Tock" from the Savannah Music Festival), We’ll also get to a couple of newly named Juno Awards nominees – Diana Krall and Bria Skonberg – for National Flag of Canada Day (also celebrated earlier this evening on Global Village).