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 7.25.16

Night Train marks birthdays of contemporary jazz drummer Brian Blade, vocalist Annie Ross (of the famed vocalese group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) and Ellington saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Plus more jazz guitar for the Charlie Christian Centennial birthday celebration (including John Scofield, Charlie Hunter’s new album, the Howard Alden/Andy Brown Quartet, and Christian with the Benny Goodman Sextet) – and new music from the Organik Vibe Trio, The Hot Sardines, Cyrus Chestnut and Andy Narell.

Tuesday 7.26.16

Monday 7.18.16

Night Train highlights ‘new standards’ and tribute albums tonight – including Tierney Sutton’s celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell, a Joni cover from Claire Martin and music from Mitchell’s standards album, Both Sides Now – also the Trio of Oz doing Stone Temple Pilots; Deep Blue Organ Trio with a hit from Rufus; Benny Golson’s celebration of the tenor in jazz; Steve Turre’s salute to trombonists who were part of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers; and Carmen McCrae with music of Billie Holiday.

Tuesday 7.19.16

Monday 7.4.16

Night Train celebrates the 4th of July with two special live performances from the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. In hour one of the show, the Airmen are joined by one of the top vibes players in jazz today – Stefon Harris. Then in hour two, they greet two special guests – trumpeter Marvin Stamm (whose credits include working with everyone from Stan Kenton and Paul Desmond to Donald Fagen and Deodato) and West Coast pianist and popular session player Bill Mays.

Tuesday 7.5.16

1. Ed Cherry – Soultree (Posi-Tone)

2. Hristo Vitchev – In Search of Wonders (Hristo Vitchev)

3. George Coleman – A Master Speaks (Smoke Sessions)

4. Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch)

5. Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom – Otis Was a Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family)

6. Benny Golson – Horizon Ahead (High Note)

7. Frank Catalano/Jimmy Chamberlain – Bye Bye Blackbird (Ropeadope)

8. Antonio Adolfo – Tropical Infinito (AAM)

Monday 6.27.16

The National Endowment for the Arts has just announced the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters – an annual award recognizing some of the best living jazz musicians. The upcoming year’s honorees include singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Dave Holland, pianist Dick Hyman, and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. This special edition of Night Train features music from all four artists – along with music from past NEA Jazz Masters including June featured artist Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, George Coleman, and Benny Golson.

Monday 6.13.16

Night Train highlights vocalists Shirley Horn, Joe Williams, Jeff Baker and Billie Holiday, along with classics from Cannonball Adderley, Art Tatum and Freddie Hubbard. And Rez Abbasi’s Acoustic Quartet does a Chick Corea/Return to Forever favorite for the June Chick Corea feature.

Tuesday 6.14.16

Monday 6.6.16

Night Train marks birthdays of guitar great Grant Green and pianist Monty Alexander (also featured tonight on Global Village, where the Jamaican and Caribbean side of his work is explored). And there’s music from June featured artist Chick Corea (with Bela Fleck, his Akoustic Band and his New Trio) – and new music from tenor sax master George Coleman, singer Nicholas Bearde, harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens, and trumpeter Jim Rotondi.

Tuesday 6.7.16

Album Cover Art

1.          Carla Bley – Andando el Tiempo (ECM)

2.          Charles Lloyd & the Marvels - I Long to See You (Blue Note)

3.          Ed Cherry – Soultree (Posi-Tone)

4.          Joe Chambers – Landscapes (Savant)

5.          Hristo Vitchev – In Search of Wonders (Hristo Vitchev)

6.          Herlin Riley - New Direction (Mack Avenue)

7.          Freddy Cole – He Was the King (High Note)

8.          Kevin Mahogany - The Vienna Affair (Mahogany Jazz)

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