International Jazz Day Preview Week, Tenor Night, Ella Fitzgerald and Shakespeare Birthdays & More

Apr 23, 2018

Night Train features music from Till Bronner

Monday 4.23.18

Night Train kicks off a week’s preview of the artists appearing at this year’s International Day Jazz concert on April 30th, including this night music from Till Bronner and Gilad Hekselman. Plus new music from pianist Edward Simon, a live four-disc set from the final Miles Davis/John Coltrane tour, the Oak Trio, and guitarist Wali Ali; music from Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder suite for Shakespeare’s birthday; and in hour two, for our April Guitar Month feature, a special examining One Hundred Years of Jazz Guitar.

Tuesday 4.24.18

It’s Chicago tenor night on the Night Train in honor of the birthday of Johnny Griffin. We’ll hear music – and a special in hour two – featuring such great Chicago tenor players as Gene Ammons, Clifford Jordan, John Gilmore (from the Sun Ra Arkestra) and Von Freeman. And, as we feature music all week from artists appearing at this year’s International Jazz Day concert, there’s music from Kurt Elling and Joey DeFrancesco.

Night Train celebrates many birthdays tonight, including drummer Carl Allen

Wednesday 4.25.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of drummer Carl Allen, soul jazz saxophonist Willis Jackson, and the legendary Ella Fitzgerald (including a Jazz Profiles special about her in hour two of the show). Plus more music from artists performing at this year’s International Jazz Day concert April 30th, including Kurt Elling and Manhattan Transfer – both with new albums out; and more guitars for the April Guitar Month feature, including John Scofield and a new duo set from Royce Campbell with bassist Bob Bowen.

Thursday 4.26.18

As part of the April Guitar Month feature, Night Train highlights some acoustic guitar recordings, including a rare set from John Scofield, John Pisano with Gene Bertoncini, gypsy jazz guitarists Stephane Wrembel, Romane, Stochelo Rosenberg, and Martin Taylor, Ralph Towner, and John Pizzarelli.  Plus new music from alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, the New Faces lineup, Van Morrison with Joey DeFrancesco, Leslie Pintchik, Lewis Porter, Michel Camilo, and George Kahn.