Night Train

Monday - Thursday at 10pm

Monday through Thursday nights, it’s the best in jazz on Night Train, hosted by KMUW’s Chris Heim. From classic artists and recordings to today’s emerging artists and most intriguing new releases - along with specials, in-depth features, jazz concert highlights and more - Night Train will take you to the best of “America’s classical music.”

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Monday 6.26.17

A trio of birthdays to celebrate tonight on the Night Train – drummer Joey Baron (with Bill Frisell, Steve Kuhn, Enrico Pieranunzi, and John Abercrombie), saxophonist Don Lanphere, and pianist, producer, arranger, film and television score creater, and label cofounder Dave Grusin. Plus vocalese pioneer King Pleasure, and new music from Diana Krall, Louis Hayes (in a tribute to Horace Silver), Chick Corea and more.

Tuesday 6.27.17

Night Train highlights tribute albums (Roseanna Vitro with the music of Clare Fischer, Laurie Antonioli’s celebration of Joni Mitchell, the Classical Jazz Quartet celebrating Bach, and the Dave Liebman Big Band playing the music of Wayne Shorter) along with a number of great jazz saxophonists - including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollin, Stan Getz, Hank Crawford, and Cannonball Adderley.

Wednesday 6.28.17

Night Train marks birthdays of composer Richard Rodgers and also of singer Tierney Sutton (doing Richard Rodger songs and also featured in a special in hour two of the show). Plus more music from Dave Lambert (with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) for his centennial birthday, and new music from singer Mark Murphy (a previously unreleased live performance), pianist and composer Antonio Adolfo (with a Brazilian twist on the music of Wayne Shorter), and guitarist Doug MacDonald (with a salute to jazz composers).

Thursday 6.29.17

Night Train highlights some contemporary ‘gypsy jazz’ inspired by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, tonight, including the latest from Pearl Django and Stephane Wrembel, as well as selections from Quartet San Francisco, Tchavolo Schmitt and more. And, to wrap up the Dave Lambert centennial birthday and vocalese feature – solo projects from Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and Annie Ross, who rose to fame as part of the pioneering vocalese combo of Lambert Hendricks and Ross. 

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Monday 6.12.17

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of two great jazz pianists tonight – Chick Corea and Geri Allen. We’ll hear music from Chick’s new album recorded a few years back at his 70th birthday shows, along with music he did with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton and Bela Fleck. Geri Allen appears as a leader and along with Betty Carter, Marian McPartland and Charles Lloyd. Plus new music from pianist Ahmad Jamal, singer Mark Winkler, guitarist Kevin Eubanks and saxophonist Richie Cole.

Tuesday 6.13.17

Monday 6.5.17

Night Train kicks off the June feature celebrating the centennial birthday of Dave Lambert. As part of the famous Lambert, Hendricks & Ross lineup, Lambert helped to shape and popularize vocalese – the art of putting lyrics to jazz instrumentals, particularly famous jazz solos.  Along with music from Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, tonight’s show features vocalese artists Eddie Jefferson (doing the Night Train theme) and Manhattan Transfer. Plus birthday salutes to percussionist, trumpeter, and modern Latin Jazz master Jerry Gonzalez drummer, and to drummer Peter Erskine (from his new Dr. Um album, and performing with Bob Mintzer, Tierney Sutton, John Abercrombie, and with Jaco Pastorius on a new, previously unreleased live album). Night Train also kicks off a week-long salute to this year’s Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, including music this evening from Brian Lunch, Anat Cohen, and Claire Daly.

Tuesday 6.6.17

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Monty Alexander (including an appearance he made at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show) and guitarist Grant Green. Plus more for the June Vocalese feature in honor of Dave Lambert’s centennial birthday – this time from Annie Ross with Gerry Mulligan and as part of the Lambert, Hendricks & Ross lineup. And more Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, as Night Train features them this week, and new music from the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, Doug Munro, and the recently reissued Charlie Parker Concert of the Century tribute from Dizzy Gillespie.

Wednesday 6.7.17

Night Train marks the birthday of guitarist Royce Campbell with music from his new album, Tea for Three, tributes to Henry Mancini and Wes Montgomery and more. Plus more music from the recently named Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, including Gregory Porter, Rene Marie, Kenny Barron, Jack DeJohnette (as part of the new Hudson lineup), Dr. Lonnie Smith and McCoy Tyner. 

Thursday 6.8.17

As part of the June feature celebrating Dave Lambert’s centennial and vocalese, Night Train highlights male jazz vocalists tonight – including vocalese pioneer Jon Hendricks and another vocalese master Mark Murphy, veterans Ernie Andrews and Andy Bey, rising stars Gregory Porter, Allan Harris, and Jose James, and beyond category – Bobby McFerrin.

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  1. Chick Corea – The Musician (Concord)


Monday 5.29.17

It’s a Memorial Day tradition as Night Train steps aside to present two special hours of live music featuring the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. In hour one, the Airmen are joined by trombonist Steve Turre, and in hour two their special guest is pianist Cyrus Chestnut.

Tuesday 5.30.17

Monday 5.22.17

Night Train marks birthdays of Sun Ra (including a Jazz Profiles Special in hour two) and trombonist Nick Finzer;  features artists appearing at the KC Jazz & Heritage Fest; has more from May featured artist Ron Carter – this time with guitarists Wes Montgomery and Steve Khan; and highlights new music from tenor saxophonist Nick Fowser and trumpeter Terell Stafford.

Tuesday 5.23.17

Monday 5.15.17

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.

Tuesday 5.16.17

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  1. Regina Carter – Ella: Accentuate the Positive (OKeh)
  1. Virginia Schenck – Aminata Moseka: An Abbey Lincoln Tribute (Airborne Ecstasy)
  1. Claire Daly – 2648 West Grand Boulevard (Glass Beach Jazz)
  1. Eliane Elias – Dane of Time (Concord)
  1. Deborah Brown – Kansas City Here I Come (Deborah Brown)
  1. Carol Morgan Quintet – Post Cool Vol.