Night Train picks up where Global Village left off tonight – with music from a number of jazz artists born on this date who incorporated world influences in their music, including South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, Cuban pianists (also father and son) Bebo and Chucho Valdes, vibes player Dave Samuels, and multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef. Plus more music from October featured artists Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, and a number of new jazz piano albums – from the Bill Charlap Trio, Harold Mabern, Tarek Yamani, and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s tribute to a century of jazz piano.
Today is the centennial birthday of October featured artist Thelonious Monk and Night Train devotes the entire show to his music, including some of his first recorded work on the Blue Note label, classic albums and compositions, and covers of his songs from Arthur Blythe, the Monk tribute band Sphere, Carmen McRae, Larry Coryell, and from a forthcoming Monk tribute album from pianist Joey Alexander.
Night Train marks birthdays of two legendary jazz drummers – Art Blakey and Billy Higgins – with music they did with and by October featured artists Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Blakey was featured with Monk on his very first recordings on the Blue Note label, and on the classic Monk’s Music album, just to name two. Higgins recorded Monk and Gillespie compositions with Grant Green, Charles Lloyd, Charlie Haden and Steve Lacy. Also on tap tonight, new music from the Bill Charlap Trio, Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Tardo Hammer Trio (doing a Monk tune) and the Mike Longo Trio (with a Dizzy Gillespie classic).
Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Ed Cherry (long time member of Dizzy Gillespie bands), saxophonist Harry Allen, and organist Mel Rhyne (best known for his work with Wes Montgomery). Plus more music from October featured artists Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk for their centennial birthdays, and new music from Ben Allison, Hudson (with Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield), Jacques Lesure, and John Beasley’s Monk’estra.