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 10.5.15

Night Train pays tribute to Phil Woods, one of the great alto saxophonists in jazz, who passed away on September 29. This special edition of the show features music he did with Quincy Jones, Clark Terry, Thelonious Monk, and Oscar Peterson, as well as with his long-standing Quintet. Then in hour two of the show, it’s a special performance from the Newport Jazz Festival when Woods was a special guest with a young saxophonist he mentored, Grace Kelly.

Tuesday 10.6.15

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1.    Erroll Garner - The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia/Legacy)

2.    Karrin Allyson - Many a New Day (Motema)

3.    Jeff Benedict Big Big Band - Holmes (Jeff Benedict)

4.    Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio - Live in Studio (Whaling City Sound)

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

6.    Kenny Werner - The Melody (Pirouet)

7.    Dee Dee Bridgewater - Dee Dee's Feather (OKeh)

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Monday 9.28.15

Night Train highlights more from September featured artist John Coltrane – including music from his classic album, My Favorite Things, and new releases with Coltrane tributes from Eric Alexander, Heads of State, the Jeff Benedict Big Big Band, and the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet.

Tuesday 9.29.15

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September 19th marked the 60th anniversary of Erroll Garner’s historic 'Concert by the Sea'. It was part of a concert series that led to the famed Monterey Jazz Festival, and it resulted in an album that not only was Garner’s most successful, but was something like the ‘Kind of Blue’ of its era - it seemed nearly every home had one. Now, for the first time, the complete concert has been released and Night Train will feature music from it – both popular selections from the original album, and previously unreleased material – throughout the entire week.

Monday 9.14.15

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of saxophonist, bandleader and co-founder of the innovative World Saxophone Quartet, Oliver Lake, and of Cuban bassist and Latin jazz pioneer Cachao. Plus new music from Dee Dee Bridgewater, the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, and Bob McChesney – and more highlights from September featured artist John Coltrane, including part one of a two-part Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show.

Tuesday 9.15.15

Tuesday, September 8

Night Train features new music from pianist and composer George Cables, selections from Mosaic Records' Limited Edition sets, and some favorites from trumpeter Thad Jones and saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank who rose to fame in Stan Kenton's Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra.

Wednesday, September 9

We'll hear some favorites from times long forgotten including tracks from Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery, Shirley Scott, Dexter Gordon and Horace Silver.

Thursday, September 10

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

2.    Charlie Haden/Gonzalo Rubalcaba - Tokyo Adagio (Impulse)

3.    Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions)

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

5.    Katie Thiroux - Introducing (Green Gig Music)

6.    Kenny Werner - The Melody (Pirouet)

7.    Bob Mintzer Big Band - Get Up (MCG Jazz)

8.    Eddie Henderson - Collective Portrait (Smoke Sessions)

Monday 8.31.15

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Van Morrison’s 70th birthday, highlighting some of the many jazz-inspired recordings he’s done throughout his career. Plus a final fling with flutes, the August feature, with both classic tracks and new releases featuring the instrument – and new music from pianists Donald Vega and Jeb Patton, singers Mark Winkler and Sarah Partridge, guitarist Dave Stryker, and bassist Charlie Haden with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Monday 8.24.15

Night Train highlights several major new jazz vocal albums tonight – from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Carter Calvert and Giacomo Gates. Plus more jazz flutes – this time from key jazz flute players Charles Lloyd, Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, and Yusef Lateef - and birthday salutes to Wynonnie Harris (his 100th birthday today –also featured throughout August on Crossroads), guitarist Mimi Fox, and saxophonist Ron Holloway.

Tuesday 8.25.15

Monday, August 17

New music from Robert Glasper, jazz flute from Rahsaan Roland Kirk (for this month's feature), a birthday celebration for bassist George Duvivier, and a Jazz Profiles special in the second half of the show on the great pianist Bill Evans, whose birthday was yesterday.

Tuesday, August 18

New music from Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas, as well as Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba, plus Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker.

Wednesday, August 19