Night Train marks birthdays of Brazilian guitarist, composer and bossa nova pioneer Oscar Castro-Neves, and of pianist Ellis Larkins (including a Jazz Profiles special about Larkins in hour two of the show). Plus more from May featured artist, bassist Ron Carter, with Joey Baron and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and new music from pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias, drummer Peter Erskine and his Dr. Um Band, and pianist Bill O’Connell.
Night Train marks the birthday of Woody Herman with one of his classics and a new album from Harry Allen in tribute to the Herman band’s Four Brothers lineup. It’s also the birthday of legendary jazz vocalist Betty Carter and Night Train features some classic tracks from her and a Jazz Profiles Carter special in hour two. Also more from May featured artist Ron Carter, and new music from guitarists Doug MacDonald and Kevin Eubanks.
Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the 75th birthday of Taj Mahal, highlighting the jazz side of his work with music he did with Wynton Marsalis, Bob Stewart, and on his Grammy-winning album Senor Blues. Plus more music from May featured artist Ron Carter (with Horace Silver) and new music from Jeff “Tain” Watts and Chick Corea’s new three-disc birthday concerts set.
Night Train marks birthdays of vibes player Christian Tamburr, trombonist Kai Winding, and also Kansas City great Big Joe Turner. There’s also new music from Kansas City from Matt Otto with Ensemble Iberica and a special about Kansas City jazz in hour two of the show. Plus Organissimo’s new soul jazz organ tribute to the Beatles and more from May featured artist Ron Carter as a leader and guesting with soul jazz tenor man Gene Ammons.