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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1:09 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Stevie Wonder Month, Commodore Records Week + Big Joe Turner & Fats Waller Birthdays

Commodore Records founder Milt Gabler

Monday 5.18.15

Night Train continues its month-long salute to Stevie Wonder and kicks off a week-long celebration of the birthday of Commodore Records founder Milt Gabler, including a four part Commodore Records Story special airing each night this week. Plus birthdays of Kansas City shouter Big Joe Turner and vibes player Christian Tamburr, and new music from Cory Weeds and Delfeayo Marsalis.

Tuesday 5.19.15

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1:55 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Stevie Wonder Birthday Bash + Birthdays Of NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley, Red Garland & Gil Evans

NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley

Monday, May 11

Night Train celebrates the birthday of 2015 NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley, highlights more jazz versions of Stevie Wonder songs for the May feature, and even sneaks in a few tunes for Twilight Zone Day.

Tuesday, May 12

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4:19 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Birthdays of Ron Carter And Arthur Blythe, World Accordion Day! And May’s Stevie Wonder Feature

Legendary bassist Ron Carter

Monday 5.4.15

Night Train celebrates the birthday of legendary bassist Ron Carter with music he did as a leader, and with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Steve Kuhn, Chico Hamilton, the V.S.O.P. Quintet, and Bill Frisell.

Plus music from Stevie Wonder (including music from saxophonist Dave Pietro’s tribute album, Standard Wonder, and Brazilian pianist and singer Eliane Elias) and new releases from saxophonists Sax Gordon and Charles McPherson and pianist Dave Bass.

Tuesday 5.5.15

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4:43 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Night Train Top 40 Albums For April 2015

'Yesterday I Had The Blues' from Jose James
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1.    Jose James - Yesterday I Had the Blues (Blue Note)

2.    Molly Johnson - Because of Billie (Molly Johnson)

3.    Jacky Terrasson - Take This (Impulse)

4.    Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet - Intents and Purposes (Enja)

5.    Albert 'Tootie' Heath - Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside)

6.    Charles Ruggiero - Boom Bang Boom Bang (Rondette)

7.    Steve Turre - Spiritman (Smoke Sessions)

8.    Dave Stryker - Messin' with Mr. T (Strike Zone)

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1:36 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Birthdays Of Ellington, MJQ’s Connie Kay & Percy Heath, & Blossom Dearie + International Jazz Day

Connie Kay, Modern Jazz Quartet drummer

Monday, April 27

Night Train marks birthdays of Modern Jazz Quartet drummer Connie Kay, bassist Martin Wind (whose credits include work with Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts),  and guitarist Lionel Loueke – including a special performance from him at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show. Plus more music from Billie Holiday and new music from the Susan Krebs Chamber Band, Eric Reed, and Molly Johnson.

Tuesday, April 28

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12:54 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

More Billie + Birthdays of Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Tito Puente & More

Jazz singer/songwriter Billie Holiday

Monday 4.20.15

Night Train continues the April Billie Holiday centennial birthday celebration and also marks birthdays of vibes great Lionel Hampton, Mambo King Tito Puente, guitarist Issi Rozen, and bassist Avishai Cohen. Plus new music from tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, drummer Quincy Davis, and pianist Dave Bass.

Tuesday 4.21.15

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10:42 am
Mon April 13, 2015

More Billie + Birthdays Of Gene Ammons, Herbie Mann & More

Saxophonist Gene Ammons

Monday, April 13

Night Train highlights a number of tribute albums tonight – including salutes to Billy Strayhorn, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chet Baker, and Sarah Vaughan. Plus two of the rising stars on today’s jazz vocal scene – Cecile McLorin Salvant and Gregory Porter; vibes players Stefon Harris and Gary Burton; and classics from Keith Jarrett’s ‘Standards Trio,’ Cannonball Adderley and Leon Thomas.

Tuesday, April 14

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4:35 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Lady Day’s Centennial + Birthdays Of Gerry Mulligan, Randy Weston, Carmen McRae & Reuben Wilson

Jazz singer/songwriter Billie Holiday

Monday 4.6.15

Night Train marks birthdays of cool jazz baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, pianist Andre Previn, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and also African jazz pioneer Randy Weston, including a performance from Weston and his African Rhythms Trio at the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show. Plus more music from April featured artist Billie Holiday (whose 100th birthday is tomorrow) and new music from drummer Ali Jackson and accordionist Richard Galliano.

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12:09 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Night Train Top 40 Albums For March 2015

'Take This' from Jacky Terrasson

1.    Jacky Terrasson - Take This (Impulse)

2.    Clark Terry - Keep On Keepin' On (Varese Sarabande)

3.    Justin Kauflin - Dedication (Qwest/Jazz Village)

4.    Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet - Intents and Purposes (Enja)

5.    Conrad Herwig - The Latin Side of Joe Henderson (Half Note)

6.    Allan Harris - Black Bar Juke Box (Love Productions)

7.    Delfeayo Marsalis - The Last Southern Gentlemen (Troubadour)

8.    Brian Charette - Good Tipper (Posi-Tone)

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12:40 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Wrapping Up March Lloyd/Terry– Starting Billie Holiday Centennial Celebration + Guitar Birthdays

Guitarist Dave Stryker

Monday March 30

Night Train marks birthdays of two talented guitarists – Dave Stryker (who has a new album out in tribute to Stanley Turrentine) and Spain’s Ximo Tebar. Plus music from acclaimed saxophonist Steve Wilson (who has a regional performance coming up this week) and from March featured artists Clark Terry and Charles Lloyd – including a special in hour two of the show exploring the music of Lloyd’s ‘60s quartets.

Tuesday March 31

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