Monday, March 10
Night Train highlights more from March featured artist, guitarist Pat Metheny (including music from his new album with the expanded Unity Group) and begins a week-long tribute to the late flamenco guitar great, Paco de Lucia, highlighting his many collaborations with jazz artists. Plus, a birthday celebration for percussionist Mino Cinelu, including work he did with Kenny Barron, Jacky Terrasson, and Cassandra Wilson, and also new music from Jim Alfredson’s tribute to soul jazz organ great Big John Patton, Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, and singer Lisa Ferraro.
Tuesday, March 11
Night Train continues with more from March featured artist Pat Metheny (this time as a member of the Gary Burton Quintet) and in a week-long tribute to flamenco guitar great Paco de Lucia (tonight featured with John McLaughlin and Al DiMeola). Plus birthday salutes to singer Judy Niemack, new tango creator Astor Piazzolla, and vocalist Bobby McFerrin. Hour two of the show offers a special performance from Lincoln Center of McFerrin’s major work, VOCAbuLarieS, with a lively international cast of 22 singers joining in with him.
Wednesday, March 12
Night Train celebrates the birthday of beat icon Jack Kerouac with recordings from him, along with hipster tracks from Tom Waits, Anita O’Day, Lord Buckley, Bob Dorough with Dave Frishberg, Mark Murphy with Sheila Jordan, Bobby Troup, Chet Baker and more. Plus a special in hour two that explores the connections between Jazz and Jack Kerouac.
Thursday, March 13
Night Train wraps up a week-long salute to Paco de Lucia with a special from his 2012 performance at the Savannah Music Festival. It was the flamenco guitar legend’s debut at the acclaimed festival and his eight-member troupe of dancers, singers, and instrumentalists, along with his renowned guitar mastery, had the audience on its feet repeatedly during the two-hour performance.