Night Train takes a night off its labors for Labor Day, but join us instead for two specials that explore the work song in jazz and popular music and songs about working tonight from 10 until midnight.
Night Train celebrates Classical Music Month throughout September with a wide array of artists and recordings inspired by both jazz and classical music. To kick off the feature, tonight’s show is devoted to these classical and jazz meetings, including jazz reinterpretations of Debussy, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Bach, and jazz artists performing with classical ensembles. Artists featured include Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea with the Harlem String Quartet, Paquito D’Rivera with Quinteto Cimarron, Art Tatum and Cyrus Chestnut,.
Night Train celebrates the birthday of British jazz singer Claire Martin; continues its Classical Music Month feature with classically inspired pieces from Duke Ellington, Charles Lloyd, the Peter Erskine New Trio and the Classical Jazz Quartet; and highlights new music from Hudson, the Yoko Miwa Trio, Terell Stafford, and the Spike Wilner Trio.
Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with a show devoted to Brazilian jazz. We’ll hear classic compositions, new music, and pieces given a Brazilian twist. Among the artists featured on the show are Mark Murphy with a Jobim classic, Charlie Byrd with a classically inspired rendition of a Jobim piece (for the September Classical Music Month feature), Brazilian pianist and singer Eliane Elias with an album done in Brazil, and a new album from John Pizzarelli marking the 50th anniversary of a recording that featured Frank Sinatra and Jobim.