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 4.16.18

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Ulf Wakenius, flutist Herbie Mann and composer Henry Mancini, and features new music from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (celebrating the 60th anniversary of Dave Brubeck’s groundbreaking State Department Tour), guitarist Jacques Lesure, and soul jazz duo Mike Clark and Delbert Bump. Then in hour two, for the April Guitar Month feature, a special performance from guitarist Larry Coryell with Mark Egan and Paul Wertico.

Tuesday 4.17.18

Great guitars (for the April International Guitar Month feature) and tribute albums are the focus tonight on the Night Train, with music from guitarists Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton (with Wynton Marsalis), Russell Malone, Pat Martino, and the Deep Blue Organ Trio featuring guitarist Bobby Broom. Tribute albums on tap include Swingadelic’s salute to Duke Pearson, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Billie Holiday, Bill Frisell’s collection of songs from John Lennon, Alan Pasqua doing music of Bill Evans, and Conrad Herwig showcasing the “Latin Side of Herbie Hancock.”

Wednesday 4.18.18

While KMUW’s music shows have been celebrating Guitar Month, April is also Poetry Month and tonight Night Train marks the occasion with music from jazz artists inspired by such great poets as T.S. Eliott, Emily Dickenson, Elizabeth Bishop, Carl Sandburg, ee cummings, and more. We’ll hear performances from Matt Wilson, Patricia Barber, June Christy, Kurt Elling, Langston Hughes, Gil Scott-Heron and Tin Hat, among others. It’s also the birthday of singer and songwriter Madeleine Peyroux and in the first hour we’ll hear her do a piece inspired by a W.H. Auden poem and then in hour two, she’s the special guest in a Song Travels special.

Thursday 4.19.18

In conjunction with the April Guitar Month feature, Night Train features some great guitarists, classic and contemporary, tonight. Among the artists featured are Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Kenny Burrell, John Abercrombie, Al DiMeola, Steve Khan, and Larry Coryell with John Scofield and Joe Beck. Plus the latest from bassist Kyle Eastwood, saxophonist Steve Slagle, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and singer Kate McGarry.

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KMUW Music is celebrating International Day of Human Space Flight, marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, April 12 for five hours of space-inspired music.

Monday 4.9.18

Night Train marks two birthdays tonight: veteran drummer Steve Gadd (with music with his own band, including a new self-titled set just out from the group, and with Chick Corea on a new release and from the classic My Spanish Heart album) and soul jazz organist Reuben Wilson (from his own albums and with the Masters and Godfathers of Groove). Also more great guitars for the April feature, including Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Steve Khan, and Ed Cherry – and new music from B3B4, Edward Simon, Alfredo Rodriguez, and the Unhinged Sextet.

Tuesday 4.10.18

Night Train marks a number of birthdays tonight, including guitarist George Freeman, pianists Denny Zeitlin and Omar Sosa, third stream pianist and composer Claude Bolling, and organist Joey DeFrancesco (including a preview of his new album with Van Morrison out later this month and a special concert performance from the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show.) Plus music from the Reunion Project with guitarist Chico Pinheiro, the next artist featured on the special series Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival on April 30th.

Wednesday 4.11.18

Throughout April, Night Train celebrates International Guitar Month with music from jazz giants and rising stars. Featured tonight are contemporary players Pat Metheny, Larry Coryell, and Hristo Vitchev, classic tracks from guitar legends Jim Hall and Herb Ellis (from an album he did in tribute to jazz guitar pioneer Charlie Christian), Project G-7 celebrating the legacy of Wes Montgomery, and the group Trio da Paz with Brazilian guitar master Romero Lubambo.

Thursday 4.12.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Day of Human Space Flight, marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. We’ll hear space inspired music from Joshua Breakstone, Diana Krall, Tito Puente and, of course, Sun Ra. It’s also Herbie Hancock’s birthday and we’ll hear some space-related music from him in hour one and feature a special focused on his breakthrough work in the 1960s in hour two of the show.

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  1. Dr. Lonnie Smith – All in My Mind (Blue Note)


  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Hristo Vitchev Quartet – Of Light and Shadows (First Orbit Sounds)
  1. Leslie Pintchik – You Eat My Food…(Pintch Hard)
  1. Pat Martino – Formidable (High Note)
  1. Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band – Chinese Butterfly (Stretch/Concord)
  1. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM)
  1. Peter Sommer Septet – Happy-Go-Lucky Locals (Peter Sommer Music)
  1. George Kahn – Straight Ahead (Playing Records)
  1. Ben Paterson – That Old Feeling (Cellar Live)

Monday 3.26.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pianists Hiromi (including music from a duet set she did with Chick Corea) and Chad Lawson, and saxophonist James Moody (featured in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show). Plus more for the Women’s History Month feature including music from a new Nina Simone compilation, Billie Holiday and an Abbey Lincoln tribute to Billie.

Tuesday 3.27.18

Music from singers Sarah Vaughan and Stacey Kent for their birthdays, including a Sarah Vaughn Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show – also new music from drummer Akira Tana, pianist George Kahn, the Diva Jazz Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Project, and the ‘Standards Trio’ of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette.

Wednesday 3.28.18

Tonight’s Night Train focuses on soul jazz – the lively style inspired by soul and R&B that often brought together electric guitar, organ and saxophone. Among the highlights: the Jazz Soul Seven’s tribute to Curtis Mayfield; guitarist George Benson with both Jack McDuff, and the duo of Hank Crawford and Jimmy McGriff;  guitarist Dave Styker’s album in tribute to soul jazz great (and his former employer) Stanley Turrentine;  and Stanley Turrentine himself with his classic version of Marvin Gaye’s “Don’t Mess with Mr. T.” And a few more artists for the March Women’s History Month feature – including singer Nnenna Freelon and cellist Akua Dixon.

Thursday 3.29.18

A busy night tonight on the Night Train as the show wraps up the March Women’s History Month feature (with music from Eliane Elias, Berta Rojas, Anat Cohen, Katie Thiroux and Mariam McPartland), marks the birthday of saxophonist Michael Brecker, and highlights music from an extensive list of performers with local and regional concerts in the coming week, including artists appearing at this year’s Wichita Jazz Festival and the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series.  Plus new music from Manhattan Transfer, the Chick Corea+Steve Gadd Band, Bill Frisell, and the Jambalaya Brass Band.

Monday 3.19.18

Night Train kicks off IMA Week, featuring music from nominees in this year’s Independent Music Awards, honoring small label and artist-released music in 96 categories. Night Train highlights jazz nominees tonight, while Global Village and Crossroads will feature some of the world and blues nominees later in the week.
Also tonight birthday celebrations for Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, pianist and former musical director for Dizzy Gillespie – Mike Longo, and singer Bill Henderson. Plus new music from Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, vibes player Steve Hobbs, gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and soul jazz group Organissimo.

Tuesday 3.20.18

Night Train marks the centennial birthday of pianist, composer, author, pioneering jazz educator and label owner, and long-time host of the groundbreaking Piano Jazz radio show, Marian McPartland. We’ll hear music from throughout her career, hear from McPartland herself from a National Endowment for the Arts interview after she was named an NEA Jazz Master, and in hour two hear a special memorial program featuring her compositions performed by such artists as Sarah Vaughan, Elvis Costello, Bill Charlap, Karrin Allyson and more.

It’s also the first day of spring, and Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to feature some songs for the new season, including from pianist, composer and vocalist Meredith D’Ambrosio, who was also born on this date and who regularly included spring songs on her albums.

Wednesday 3.21.18

Jazz has become an international language and Night Train offers some proof tonight from jazz pianists from around the world – including Italy’s Stefano Bollani, Brazil’s Antonio Adolfo, the Dominican Republic’s Michel Camilo, Germany’s Florian Hoefner, and Turkey’s Fahir Atakoglu.

Night also continues its Women’s History Month celebrations with Japanese pianist Hiromi, singers Dee Alexander and Molly Johnson, and drummer Allison Miller.

Thursday 3.22.18

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarists George Benson (including a special focusing on his early jazz career in hour two of the show) and Melvin Sparks, highlights new music from organist Robert Kennedy and guitarists Pat Martino and Hristo Vitchev, and as the Women’s History Month feature continues, there’s music from innovative German organist Barbara Dennerlein.

KMUW Music marks the First Day of Spring with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, March 20 for songs of the season.

Monday 3.12.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Bill Anschell and singer Al Jarreau, and continues the March Women’s History Month Feature with music from harpist Dorothy Ashby, singers Deborah Brown, Nnenna Freelon and Cecile McLorin Salvant, and pianists Marian McPartland, Jessica Williams, and Leslie Pintchik. Plus new music from the ‘Standards Trio’ of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, soul jazz organist Caesar Frazier, pianists Alfredo Rodriguez and Ben Paterson, and guitarist Hristo Vitchev.

Tuesday 3.13.18

Night Train marks birthdays of legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes, and trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Blue Mitchell. The March Women’s History Month Feature also continues with singers Rachelle Ferrell, Sarah Vaughan and Cassandra Wills, organist Shirley Scott, and pianist Marian McPartland. And there’s new music from guitarists Corey Christiansen and Pat Martino, saxophonists Scott Hamilton and Peter Sommer, and pianist George Kahn.

Wednesday 3.14.18

Night Train continues the March Women’s History Month feature with birthday salutes to soul jazz organist Shirley Scott (including a special featuring her music in hour two of the show) and singer Vanessa Rubin. It is also the birthday today of Quincey Jones (we’ll hear some early big band music from him – arranged by Melba Liston) and drummer Akira Tana (who has a new Brazilian jazz release just out). And there’s new music from organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and singer Kate McGarry.

Thursday 3.15.18

Night Train marks the 80th birthday of jazz sax great Charles Lloyd with music from his more recent releases in hour one, and a special devoted to his early years when he was a favorite with ‘60s rock listeners in hour two of the show. Also remembering trad jazz saxophonist Bob Wilber and trumpeter Jimmy McPartland for their birthdays, and featuring new music from the Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band, Kevin Connor and Swing 3PO, New Faces, and Jason Marsalis & the 21st Century Trad Band.

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate International Women's Day with five hours of music from women artists. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on March 8. In honor of Women's History Month, KMUW Music is also featuring women artists throughout March.

Monday 3.5.18

Night Train highlights contemporary and classic female jazz singers for the March Women’s History Month Feature, along with music from pianist Marian McPartland whose centennial birthday is later this month. We’ll hear Billie Holiday, Stacey Kent, Dianne Reeves (a 2018 NEA Jazz Master), Jazzmeia Horn, Tierney Sutton, Dinah Washington and Blossom Dearie. Plus new music from pianists Takaaki Otono, Ben Paterson and Leslie Pintchik, soul jazz organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith, and the organ group B3B4.

Tuesday 3.6.18

Night Train marks the birthday of jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery with music from one of his classic albums, a tribute to him from former bandmate and organist Mel Rhyne, and a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show. We’ll also sneak in a little music from Western Swing great Bob Wills for his birthday, preview some jazz concerts coming up later in the week, and feature more music from Marian McPartland to mark her centennial birthday later this month.

Wednesday 3.7.18

Night Train highlights music from both legendary and contemporary pianists this evening – including Chick Corea, Red Garland, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Cyrus Chestnut, and Mose Allison. And as we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month, we’ll hear music from pianist Eliane Elias, bassist Katie Thiroux, and singers Molly Johnson (with a tribute to Billie Holiday) and Rachael Caswell.

Thursday 3.8.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate International Women’s Day with a program devoted to women artists. We’ll hear new music from the Diva Jazz Orchestra, pianist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, a Night Train 2017 favorite album from trombonist Audrey Ochoa, Piano Jazz Great Marian McPartland, singers Barbara Morrison and Etta Jones, and in hour two, a special celebrating Jazz Women of the ‘60s.