Night Train marks birthdays of drummers Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Eddie Daniels) and Bill Goodwin (Phil Woods, Tom Waits), and pianist Pamela Wise, and continues with more of the Best of 2017 – including show favorites from Steve Khan and Delfeayo Marsalis, and Grammy nominee John Beasley and his Monk’estra. Also one of the first releases of 2018 – a tribute to Bobby Hutcherson from Steve Hobbs, and the latest from Sherman Irby, Houston Person, and Eric Alexander.
Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and Ellington orchestra singer Betty Roche. Plus new music from gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and more of the best of 2017, including singer Cecile McLorin Salvant and pianist Michel Camilo.
Night Train marks the birthday of legendary jazz drummer Max Roach with music he did with the all-percussion M’Boom band, with Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, and also with Clifford Brown, plus a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show. Also more of the Best of 2017, including the Grammy nominated singer Nancy King with the Randy Porter Trio, along with new music from Organissimo, and a preview of an album out at the end of the week from 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith.
As part of the January Best of 2017 Feature, Night Train remembers artists who passed away last year. Tonight’s show is a special tribute to master guitarist Larry Coryell, with music from his early days with Chico Hamilton, in a variety of settings as leader, in collaborations with Gary Burton and Steve Khan, and in hour two in a special concert performance.