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 8.3.15

It’s vibes and vocalists tonight on the Night Train with vibes players Gary Burton, Bobby Hutcherson, Milt Jackson, and Dave Samuels, and singers Curtis Stigers, Rene Marie and Abbey Lincoln – plus the double-Grammy winning album from Corea, Clarke & White, and sounds of the Crescent City from Ellis Marsalis, Johnny Adams, and Jelly Roll Morton.

  Tuesday 8.4.15

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1.    George & Chico Freeman - All in the Family (Southport)

2.    Ben Williams - Coming of Age (Concord)

3.    Dana Landry Quartet - Standard Elevation (Dana Landry)

4.    Charenee Wade - Offering (Motema)

5.    Pearl Django - Time Flies (Modern Hot)

6.    Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble - Circulation (Planet Arts)

7.    Cory Weeds - Condition Blue (Cellar Live)

8.    Joshua Breakstone - 2nd Avenue (Capri)

  Monday 7.27.15

Night Train marks birthdays of Kansas City singing star Karrin Allyson, Latin jazz pianist Edward Simon, and adventurous guitarist Joel Harrison. Plus more from July featured artists Ahmad Jamal and Nina Simone, and new music from bassists Ben Williams and Lee Smith, the Dana Landry Quartet, Robert Glasper, and Charles McPherson.

  Tuesday 7.28.15

Monday 7.20.15

Tonight on the Night Train, jazz-inspired albums from Van Morrison and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, solo projects from two Manhattan Transfer singers – Cheryl Bentyne and Janis Siegel, jazz giants Stan Getz and Dave Brubeck, pianists Ahmad Jamal (the July featured artist) and Brad Mehldau, and tributes to Thelonious Monk from Claire Daly and to Stevie Wonder from Yoron Israel.

Tuesday 7.21.15

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Monday 7.13.15

Night Train continues with more music from July featured artists Ahmad Jamal and Nina Simone; showcases new tribute albums from Cory Weeds (Jackie McLean), Jose James (Billie Holiday), Terrell Stafford (Lee Morgan), Charenee Wade (Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson) and Harry Allen (George Gershwin, Cole Porter & Duke Ellington); and marks the birthday of popular bassist Leroy Vinnegar – with music he did as a leader and with Sonny Rollins, Red Garland, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, and Les McCann & Eddie Harris at Montreux.

Monday 7.6.15

Night Train highlights some ‘hits’ tonight – bonafide jazz hits, jazz covers of pop hits, and some rare instances of jazz compositions that were turned into pop hits. Among the highlights, an early drummer-less version of “Poinciana” from July featured artist Ahmad Jamal, the song that revived Nina Simone’s career some 30 years after it was first recorded, and a new version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from bassist Ben Williams.

Tuesday 7.7.15

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

2.    Cyrus Chestnut - A Million Colors in Your Mind (High Note)

3.    Paquito D'Rivera & Quinteto Cimarron - Aires Tropicales (Sunnyside)

4.    Federico Britos - Hot Club of the Americas (3 Knocks Entertainment)

5.    Wes Montgomery - In the Beginning (Resonance)

6.    Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions)

7.    Russell Malone - Love Looks Good On You (High Note)

Monday 6.29.15

Night Train marks birthdays of composers Frank Loesser and Erik Satie; kicks off a week highlighting newly announced winners of the DownBeat Critics’ Poll; and for the Guitar Month feature, new albums from guitarists – including Jack Allen, Wes Montgomery (a set of rare and previously unreleased recordings), Bob Shimizu, and Jacques Lesure.

Tuesday 6.30.15

Monday 6.22.15

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; 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 6.23.15

Monday 6.15.15

Tonight on the Night Train, we'll celebrate the birthdays of  pianist Jaki Byard and pianist/composer Erroll Garner, including a Jazz Profiles special on Garner in the second half of the show. We'll hear from more jazz guitarists to celebrate guitar month, and we'll feature favorite tracks all week from jazz giant Ornette Coleman, who died last week at the age of 85.

  Tuesday 6.16.15

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