Night Train marks birthdays of legendary session drummer and one of this year’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipients, Hal Blaine, keyboardist and songwriter Al Cooper, and pianist and composer Bill Mays. Will hear Mays in duo settings for our February Duos feature, along with new duo recordings from Plucky Sturm, Jim Hall & Ron Carter, and Ran Blake with Dominique Eade. Plus new music from the Devin Kelly Organ Trio, Van Morrison, Stephane Wrembel and B3B4.
Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist John Pisano, saxophonist Ernie Krivda, and bassist Larry Grenadier. We’ll hear Pisano (with guitarists Joe Pass and Gene Bertoncini) and Krivda (with Bill Dobbins and Dan Wall) in duet settings for the February feature, and Grenadier in the recent Hudson supergroup, and with Bobby McFerrin, the Metheny-Mehldau Quartet, and Charles Lloyd. Plus new music from Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eric Alexander, Katie Thiroux, and a new reissue of Nina Simone’s debut recordings for the Bethlehem label.
Night Train marks the birthday of R&B and soul jazz saxophonist King Curtis, and there are a duo of duos tonight for the February feature, from saxophonist Houston Person with legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter, and with pianist Bill Charlap. We’ll also hear Person and Charlap live in a Savannah Music Festival special in hour two of the show.
Night Train highlights vocalists Shirley Horn, Joe Williams, Jeff Baker and Billie Holiday; classics from Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Dorham, Art Tatum, and Freddie Hubbard; and contemporary sounds from Herbie Hancock’s New Standard, and Rez Abbasi’s Acoustic Quartet with a Chick Corea/Return to Forever favorite.