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 11.20.17

It’s a coolsome twosome tonight on the Night Train with two of the best of the cool jazz singers, the November feature on the show. It’s the birthday of June Christy and Night Train will highlight music from her with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and on popular albums under her own name. The show also features music of Chet Baker, whose early recordings epitomized the male cool jazz vocal style.  We’ll hear music from Baker, Baker tribute albums from Luciana Souza, John Proulx and June Bisantz, and in the second hour, a special with more music from Baker and a conversation with his biographer, James Gavin.

Tuesday 11.21.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday Dr. John. The show focuses on the jazz side of the Crescent City legend, including albums he did in tribute to Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, a guest appearance with Hank Crawford, and his work as part of the Bluesiana Triangle with David “Fathead” Newman and Art Blakey – plus a Dr. John Special in hour two of the show. Plus music from Coleman Hawkins for his birthday and the latest from singer Barbara Morrison, saxophonist Vincent Herring, and guitarist George Freeman.

Wednesday 11.22.17

Night Train marks the birthday of pianist, composer, singer and film star Hoagy Carmichael with songs from him and covers of his classics from Luciana Souza, Rahsaan Barber, and Brianna Thomas – plus a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show.

Thursday 11.23.17

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Thanksgiving with a menu packed with musical goodies all about food – from the turkey and sweet potatoes to a host of holiday desserts.

KMUW Music is celebrating Thanksgiving with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, November 23 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu: Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

The annual Thanksgiving celebration continues on Strange Currency with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

Monday 11.13.17

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the most recorded and sampled drummers in jazz, Idris Muhammad, with music he did with John Scofield, the Chartbusters, Ahmad Jamal and more. It’s also the birthday of guitarist Chris Flory, pianist Hampton Hawes, and singer Janet Lawson. Night Train also highlights new releases tonight from Gerald Cannon, Tom Harrell, the Bill Charlap Trio and the Audrey Ochoa Trio.

Tuesday 11.14.17

Night Train marks birthdays of two talented pianists – George Cables and Ellis Marsalis (including a special in hour two with Marsalis discussing his music, work as an influential New Orleans educator, and favorite musicians) – plus more Cool Jazz Singers for the November feature (including music from June Christy’s classic album, Something Cool), and the latest from Sherman Irby.

Wednesday 11.15.17

Night Train celebrates the birthday of guitarist Kevin Eubanks (from the Tonight Show Band) with music he did as a leader, and Dave Holland and Joey DeFrancesco. Plus Richie Cole’s new Latin jazz set, and the latest from flutist Gerald Beckett, singer Johnny O’Neal, guitarist Corey Christiansen, and pianist Ahmad Jamal.

Thursday 11.16.17

Night Train marks the birthday of popular singer Diana Krall with music from across her career and a special with Krall as a special guest in hour two of the show. Plus more Cool Jazz Singers for the November feature, including Julie London and Tierney Sutton, and new music from the Peter Erskine New Trio, Kyle Eastwood (Clint’s son), Steve Hobbs and Roswell Rudd.

Monday 11.6.17

The saxophone has seldom found a better musical home than in jazz. Tonight Night Train features great jazz saxophonists in honor of the birthday of Adolphe Sax, the man who invented the instrument in 1840. The show features music from and in tribute to some of jazz saxophone legends, including Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Benny Carter and Charlie Parker, including a special with Bird biographer Phil Schapp in hour two of the show.

Throughout the week Night Train also pays tribute to Muhal Richard Abrahms, who passed away last week, and highlights new releases from saxophonists Vincent Herring, Walt Weiskopf, and Dave Liebman with Joe Lovano.

(Global Village and Strange Currency also celebrate Saxophone Day tonight.)

Tuesday 11.7.17

Night Train joins Strange Currency in celebrating the birthday of Joni Mitchell with some jazz versions on her songs and a special in hour two of the show featuring Tierney Sutton around the time of her Mitchell tribute album, After Blue. Also a centennial birthday salute to Howard Rumsey, who steered the influential West Coast cool jazz Lighthouse All-Stars, and more in this week’s remembrance of Muhal Richard Abrams with music from one of his last recordings, a live set with legendary drummer Jack De Johnette.

Wednesday 11.8.17

It’s the birthday of Chris Connor, one of leading ‘cool jazz’ singers and part of the Night Train November feature. Tonight it’s music from across Chris Connor’s career, from a signature tune she recorded early in her career with Stan Kenton, through classic recordings, and music from one of a trilogy of final recordings she did in the early 2000s. It’s also the birthday of guitarist Russell Malone, clarinetist Don Byron, and drummer Eric Harland. Night Train also continues its weeklong tribute to Muhal Richard Abrahms with a rare track he recorded with Woody Shaw, and features new music from Pat Martino, the Christian McBride Big Band, Cecile McLorin Salvant and more.

Thursday 11.9.17

Night Train highlights classic and contemporary male jazz vocalists tonight – including legendary singers Joe Williams, Chet Baker, Charles Brown, Nat Cole and Mark Murphy – along with the latest releases from Gregory Porter, Johnny O’Neal, Till Bronner, and Mark Winkler. Also tonight – the Godfathers of Groove, Cory Weeds’ salute to Earth Wind & Fire, the Latin jazz families of Chucho Valdes and Arturo O’Farrill, and bassist, singer, composer and band leader Katie Thiroux.


KMUW Music is celebrating National Saxophone Day, the birthday of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax, with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Monday, November 6 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village devotes Monday night's program to saxophone music and musicians from around the world, including Africa's Manu Dibango and Seun Kuti, the Skatalites and Dean Fraser from Jamaica, Balkan artists Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boris Kovac, plus a bossa nova classic from jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.

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  1. Bill Charlap Trio – Uptown, Downtown (Impulse)
  1. Cecile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)
  1. Ben Allison – Layers of the City (Sonic Camera)
  1. Cyrus Chestnut – There’s A Sweet Sweet Spirit (High Note)
  1. Jeff Coffin – Next Time Yellow (Ear Up)
  1. Harold Mabern – To Love and Be Loved (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Dejohnette, Goldings, Medieski, Scofield – Hudson (Motema)
  1. Russell Malone – Time for the Dancers (Hight Note)
  1. Dave Stryker – Strykin’ Ahead (Strikezone)
  1. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – Handful of Keys (Blue Engine)
  1. Gerald Beckett – Oblivion (Summit)
  1. Joey Alexander – Joey.Monk.Live! (Motema)
  1. John Beasley – Presents Monk’estra Vol. 2 (Mack Avenue)
  1. Mike Longo Trio – Only Time Will Tell (CAP)
  1. Doug Webb – Bright Side (Posi-Tone)
  1. Tardo Hammer Trio – Swinging on a Star (Cellar Live)
  1. Barbara Morrison – I Wanna Be Loved (Savant)
  1. Jacques Lesure – For the Love of You (WJ3)
  1. Steve Hobbs – Tribute to Bobby (Challenge)
  1. Gerald Cannon – Combinations (Woodneck)
  1. Andrew Scott Quartet – The Brightest Minute (Cellar Live)
  1. Roswell Rudd – Embrace (Rare Noise)
  1. Chucho Valdes/Arturo O’Farrill – Familia (Motema)
  1. Katie Thiroux – Off Beat (Capri)
  1. Audrey Ochoa Trio – After Thought (Chronograph)
  1. Christian McBride Big Band – Bringin’ It (Mack Avenue)
  1. Behn Gillece – Walk of Fire (Posi-Tone)
  1. Yoko Miwa Trio – Pathways (Yoko Miwa)
  1. Peter Erskine New Trio – In Praise of Shadows (Fuzzy Music)
  1. Pete Malinverni Trio – Heaven (Saranac)
  1. Ahmad Jamal – Marseille (Jazz Village)
  1. George Freeman – 90 Going On Amazing (BluJazz)
  1. Bill Cunliffe – BACHanalia (Metro)
  1. Scott Wilner Trio – Odalisque (Cellar Live)
  1. Various – The Passion of Charlie Parker (Impulse)
  1. Ron Francis Blake – Assimilation (HSH)
  1. Amanda Monaco – Glitter (Posi-Tone)
  1. Unhinged Sextet – Don’t Blink (OA2)
  1. Bria Skonberg – With a Twist (OKeh)
  1. Terry Gibbs – 92 Years Young (Whaling City Sound)

KMUW Music is celebrating Halloween with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, October 31 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village celebrates Halloween with some music tricks and treats, ghosts and goblins, and lots of spirited and scary sounds.

The special continues on Strange Currency with music from Roky Erickson, Ghost, John Carpenter and The Cramps. 

Monday 10.30.17

Night Train wraps up the October Centennial Birthday feature for Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie with music from both and a special in hour two featuring Monk biographer Robin Kelley. Highlights include a Latin jazz classic and a recent concert release from Dizzy Gillespie, plus music from It’s Monk’s Time and a cover of his classic “Pannonica” from a new album from trombonist Roswell Rudd.

Tuesday 10.31.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency for a full evening of music tricks and treats. Some scary sounds in store tonight from Cassandra Wilson, Philly Joe Jones, Bill Frisell, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong and more.

Wednesday 11.1.17

Night Train kicks off the November “Cool Jazz Singers” feature with music from June Christy and features birthday salutes to singer Carmen Lundy, trombonist Conrad Herwig, and pianist and arranger Roger Kellaway. Plus a belated birthday tribute to Illinois Jacquet, who was born on Halloween.

Thursday 11.2.17

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Kurt Elling (with his appearance on the new album, The Passion of Charlie Parker), pianist Frank Kimbrough (with his appearance on the new album from long-time musical partner, bassist Ben Allison), and legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods (with Thelonious Monk, on a newly released live performance with Bob Lark, and in a archival Piano Jazz special in hour two of the show).

Monday 10.16.17

Night Train marks birthdays of trumpeter Roy Hargrove, trombonist Ray Anderson, and drummer Mark Walker. Plus more music from October featured artists Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie – including from Monk’s son T.S. Monk and from the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Allstar – and the latest from the Bill Charlap Trio, Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition, Dave Strkyer and more.

Tuesday 10.17.17

Night Train marks marks the birthday of bebop guitarist Barney Kessel, guitarist Howard Alden (with covers of compositions from Thelonious Monk, one of Night Train’s October featured artists), and drummer Cozy Cole (with Dizzy Gillespie, the other October featured artist). Plus a special in hour two exploring the birth of bebop through the early work of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, and new releases from guitarists Russell Malone and Andrew Scott.

Wednesday 10.18.17

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Anita O’Day, bassist/singer/composer Esperanza Spalding, drummer Bill Stewart, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (including a special with Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in hour two of the show).  Plus more from October featured artists Dizzy Gillespie (including a live set with Wynton Marsalis as a special guest) and Thelonious Monk (including music from his debut album on Columbia Records, his most successful release and the album that led to his appearance on the cover of Time Magazine. (Only a handful of jazz artists have been featured on Time – Wynton Marsalis was another.)

Thursday 10.19.17

Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday is this Saturday and in honor of the occasion Night Train devotes tonight’s entire show to music from the legendary trumpeter, composer, and pioneer of bebop, Latin and world jazz. Among the highlights - early bebop classics, some of his Afro-Cuban and world jazz efforts, and a later album with Count Basie Plus a special in hour two chronicling his pivotal work in the 1940s, especially the pioneering big bands he put together during that time.

Monday 10.9.17

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.

Tuesday 10.10.17

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.

Wednesday 10.11.17

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).

Thursday 10.12.17

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.