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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KMUW Music is celebrating the first day of summer on Thursday, June 21, with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for songs of the season. 

Monday 6.18.18

Night Train continues the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with music from Jamaican-born artists Monty Alexander, Dizzy Reece and Joe Harriott, the Mozayik Haitian jazz group, Dominican pianist Michel Camilo, Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sanchez, and a fascinating new album exploring the connections between Caribbean and Chinese music from Dongfeng Liu.  Plus new tribute albums from Eddie Daniels (for Egberto Gismonti) and Don Braden (Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind & Fire), along with the latest from Kenny Barron, Wali Ali, and the Barrett Martin Group.

Tuesday 6.19.18

Night Train highlights standards tonight – both classic recordings of these songs and new versions of old favorites. Among the artists featured, guitarist Kenny Burrell, Dinah Washington, Etta Jones, Art Blakey, Antonio Adolfo, Houston Person with Ron Carter, Gene Ammons and Jimmy Smith.

Wednesday 6.20.18

Night Train marks the birthday of saxophone, flute and bass clarinet great Eric Dolphy with music he did early in his career with Chico Hamilton, later with Charles Mingus, and also as a leader.  Plus more music for the Caribbean American Heritage Month feature – this time from the Essence All Stars Afro Cubano Chant album, from the Caribbean All Stars, and from Latin jazz great Tito Puente, including a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show. Also two impressive new albums from pianists Bill Anschell and Bill O’Connell.

Thursday 6.21.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the first day of summer with a program devoted to summer songs from Kenny Burrell, Shirley Horn, Pat Metheny, Marian McPartland, Oscar Peterson, the Godfathers of Groove, and more.

Monday 6.11.18

Night Train marks birthdays of two great drummers, acclaimed session man Bernard Purdie, and West Coast jazzman Shelly Manne. Plus more Caribbean inspired sounds for the June feature, this time from Eddie Palmieri, Steve Khan, Jowee Omicil, Steven Kroon, and in hour two, a special about pianist and singer Hazel Scott, who was born in Trindidad.

Tuesday 6.12.18

Featured tonight on the Night Train – two pianists with birthdays, Geri Allen and Chick Corea. We’ll hear Allen with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, and Corea with early and later Return to Forever lineups, in covers of his songs from Duende Libre, and from Michel Camilo with Tomatito, and in a special in hour two focusing on his early career. Plus new music from the Steve Gadd Band, and from Kurt Elling.

Wednesday 6.13.18

Night Train highlights singers tonight – both legendary and rising stars. Among the artists featured are Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Tierney Sutton, Andy Bey, Cassandra Wilson, and Nnenna Freelon. Plus music from pianist Joey Calderazzo, organist Brian Charette, and trombonist John Fedchock, along Ahmad Jamal in an unusual setting with a 15-piece string orchestra on his 1959 release, At the Penthouse, and a classic from Stan Getz with Dizzy Gillespie.

Thursday 6.14.18

Night Train marks birthdays of bassist Marcus Miller and pianist Darius Brubeck (one of Dave Brubeck’s sons). We’ll also hear new music from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (with Chris and Dan Brubeck), Mike Clark & Delbert Bump, Diana Krall, and Jay Rodriguez. And in hour two, in tribute to club owner and NEA Jazz Master Lorraine Gordon who passed away last week, a Jazz Profiles special about the legendary jazz club, the Village Vanguard, that she ran for so many years.

Monday 6.4.18

Night Train marks the birthdays of composer, arranger and instrumentalist Oliver Nelson, and also of saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera. D’Rivera also helps to kick off the June feature, celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month with music from Caribbean and Caribbean American artists and inspired by the many popular styles to come from the Caribbean. We’ll hear D’Rivera from some of his own albums, and also as a special guest with the Caribbean Jazz Project, Andy Narell, and Yotam. Plus new music from Van Morrison with Joey DeFrancesco, Edward Simon, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and the Jambalaya Brass Band.

Tuesday 6.5.18

Night Train marks birthdays of Latin jazz percussionist and trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez with music he did with the Fort Apache Band, and of drummer Peter Erskine, with music from his new album with the Dr. Um Band and with Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, and John Abercrombie. The June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature continues with the new China Caribe album from Dongfeng Liu, the Caribbean Jazz Project, steel drum player Andy Narell, Duende Libre and Omar Sosa.

Wednesday 6.6.18

Night Train marks birthdays of Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander (continuing the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature) with some of his reggae-inflected pieces in hour one and a special featuring him in performance at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of guitarist Grant Green, and there’s new music from the ‘Standards Trio’ of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette,  the Mark Wade Trio, and the Lewis Porter trio.

Thursday 6.7.18

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarists Royce Campbell and Tal Farlow. We also continue the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with music from Jamaican hard bop trumpeter Dizzy Reece and Trinidadian steel drum player Othello Molineaux. And there’s new music from the Brad Mehldau Trio, Allan Harris with a tribute to vocalese great Eddie Jefferson, Latin jazz pianist Bill O’Connell, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, and Emmet Cohen’s Masters Legacy Series with legendary bassist Ron Carter.

Album Cover Art

  1. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM)
  2. Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt – Jubilation! (Savant)
  3. Kevin Connor & Swing 3PO – Doin’ the New Lowdown (Kevin Connor Music)
  4. Akira Tana – JazzaNova (Vega)
  5. Barrett Martin Group – Transcendence (Sunyata)
  6. Scott Hamilton Trio – Live at Pyatt Hall (Cellar Live)
  7. The Idiomatiques – Out on the Town (idiomatiques)
  8. Peter Erskine & the Dr. Um Band – On Call (Fuzzy Music)
  9. Nick Finzer – No Arrival (Posi-Tone)
  10. Brubeck Brothers Quartet – Timeline (Blue Forest)

Monday 5.28.18

In honor of Memorial Day, Night Train steps aside for the annual Airmen of Note holiday special, with the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force along with specials guests, singer Nnenna Freelon (hour one) and drummer Peter Erskine (hour two).

Tuesday 5.29.18

A long list of jazz artists with birthdays featured tonight on the Night Train – including trombonists Wayne Wallace and Wycliffe Gordon, pianists Lynne Arriale and Lafayette Harris, Jr., drummer Kenny Washington, trumpeter Sean Jones, and saxophonist Jim Snidero. There’s new music from Snidero with Jeremy Pelt (in a tribute to Cannonball Adderley), soul jazz group Organissimo, and pianist Ben Paterson (in a tribute to the drummer-less trios of Nat Cole and Oscar Peterson); and we continue our celebration of Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month with music from Akiko Tsuruga, the Asian American Jazz Trio, Tiger Okoshi, and Makoto Ozone.

Wednesday 5.30.18

Night Train marks birthdays of percussionist Armando Peraza (with Cal Tjader), pianist Dave McKenna, guitarist Randy Napoleon (featured on a new album with Freddy Cole), and big band star Benny Goodman (including a special about him in hour two of the show). And there’s new music from the Barrett Martin Group, Jim Snidero with Jeremy Pelt, and the OKB Trio.

Thursday 5.31.18

Night Train features music from veteran drummer Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath, bassist Christian McBride, and saxophonists Greg Abate and Red Holloway. Plus new music from organist Mike LeDonne, the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and Peter Erskine & the Dr. Um Band – and Night Train wraps up the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with a special concert performance from guitarist Fareed Haque.

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate the birthday of Bob Dylan on Thursday, May 24. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of Dylan and Dylan-inspired music.

Monday 5.21.18

Night Train marks the birthday of Fats Waller with some music from the great stride pianist and singer in hour one, and a special about his life and music in hour two. We’ll also mark birthdays of guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist Joe Byrd, bandleader and arranger Bill Holman, and drummer Larance Marable. And as we continue our Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, a surprising Latin jazz album from Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone and the No Name Horses big band.

Tuesday 5.22.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of bandleader, pianist, composer and provocateur, Sun Ra, including music from several of his albums in hour one and a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of trombonist Nick Finzer and Night Train will highlight music from his new album, No Arrival.  We’ll also dip into Yusef Lateef’s pioneering Eastern Sounds album for the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature.

Wednesday 5.23.18

Music from Ken Peplowski (from a new big band album), Richie Beirach, Randy Sandke, and Artie Shaw for their birthdays – including an Artie Shaw special with biographer Tom Nolan in hour two of the show.  Also some new ‘vintage’ sounds from the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, and as we continue the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, selections from Akira Tana and the Anthony Brown Asian American Orchestra.

Thursday 5.24.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the birthday of Bob Dylan with jazz covers of his songs from Madeleine Peyroux, Ben Sidran, Bobby McFerrin, and Kurt Elling. Plus birthday salutes to soul jazz organist Charles Earland and saxophonist Archie Shepp.

KMUW Music is celebrating the birthday of Sun Ra on Tuesday, May 22.  Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of music.

Global Village marks the occasion with some pieces the (other) world musician did that were influenced by styles from other parts of the planet.

The feature continues on Strange Currency with selections from NRBQ, Yo La Tengo and others.

Night Train closes out the feature from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

Monday 5.14.18

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonist Virginia Mayhew, guitarist Bruce Forman, and pioneering soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet (including a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show). Plus more for the Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature – including music from Dave Brubeck’s Jazz Impressions of Japan and an Indo-jazz piece from saxophonist Ron Holloway. And there’s new music from trumpeter Eddie Henderson, the Devin Kelly Organ Trio, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

Tuesday 5.15.18

Birthday salutes to pianist Ellis Larkins (with Ella Fitzgerald and at Maybeck Recital Hall), bossa nova pioneer Oscar Castro-Neves, and saxophonist Grace Kelly (including a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival with Phil Woods in hour two) tonight on the Night Train. Plus new music from Kenny Barron and Kate McGarry, and for the May Asian Heritage Month feature, selections from Terumasa Hino and Yuko Ito.

Wednesday 5.16.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Billy Cobham, jazz vocal great Betty Carter, and Woody Herman (including a special in hour two about the Four Brothers lineup after Herman). Plus more music for the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, this time from the Taal Tantra Experience and pianist Michika Fukumori – and new music from the Steve Gadd Band, Bill O’Connell, and Benjamin Boone with poet Philip Levine.

Thursday 5.17.18

Night Train continues the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with an Asian piece from Pharoah Sanders, music from a Grammy nominated project from Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra, and a raga inspired piece from pianist and composer Lewis Porter. We also mark the birthday of alto sax legend Jackie McLean, including a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show.

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