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 4.10.17

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist George Freeman, pianist (and psychiatrist) Denny Zeitlin, third stream pianist and composer Claude Bolling, and organist Joey DeFrancesco (including a special from the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show).  Plus music from a recent compilation of vocal selections from Sun Ra & His Arkestra, a new set revisiting music of the ‘60s from violinist Mads Tolling, and the latest from Kansas City vocalist Deborah Brown.

Tuesday 4.11.17

Monday 4.3.17

Night Train kicks off a new month’s feature – celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month and this year’s theme of Women in Jazz and Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday. We also begin a week-long tribute to saxophonist Arthur Blythe, who passed away last week; highlight new albums from the Bob Mintzer All L.A. Band, Organic Trio, and guitarist Ralph Towner; and mark birthdays of singer Tessa Souter, soul jazz organist Jimmy McGriff, and bassist Scott LaFaro (including a special about him in hour two of the show).

Tuesday 4.4.17

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  1. Deborah Brown – Kansas City Here I Come (Deborah Brown)

 

Monday 3.20.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the first day of Spring, with new and classic spring songs from Jazz Fest headliner Pat Metheny with Jim Hall, Larry Coryell with Philip Catherine, Billie Holiday, Bennie Golson, Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Clifford Brown and more. And a birthday salute to pianist, singer and painter Meredith D’Ambrosio, who nearly always includes a song about spring on her albums.

Tuesday 3.21.17

Monday 3.13.17

Night Train marks birthdays of legendary drummer Roy Haynes and trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Blue Mitchell. Plus more music from Wichita Jazz Festival artists for the March feature – including Pat Metheny (guesting with Roy Haynes and Joshua Redman) and also from Sun Ra, the subject of an author event and film at this year’s Fest. Night Train highlights music from a newly released live set from Sun Ra & the Arkestra in hour one, and a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show.

Monday 3.6.17

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of guitar great Wes Montgomery, Brazilian singer Flora Purim, and and ‘The King of Western Swing’ Bob Wills (including a special about Wills in hour two of the show). Plus a previously unreleased live set from guitarist Dennis Coffey, one of the Motown ‘Funk Brothers,’ and new albums from guitarist Steve Khan and trombonist Nick Finzer – and we continue the March Jazz Fest feature with music from drummer Matt Wilson.

Tuesday 3.7.17

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  1. Richie Cole – Richie Cole Plays Ballads and Love Songs (Mark Perna Music)
  1. Steve Slagle – Alto Manhattan (Panorama)
  1. Delfeayo Marsalis – Make American Great Again (Troubadour Jass)
  1. Phil Norman Tentet – Then and Now (Mama)
  1. The Three Sounds – Groovin’ Hard (Resonance)
  1. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 – Soul Jazz Fridays (Sunflower Soul)
  1. Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau – N

Monday 2.27.17

Night Train pays tribute to fusion pioneer and jazz guitar great Larry Coryell with music he did as a leader and guest on albums from across his six-decade long career in hour one - including his first appearance on record with Chico Hamilton on Dealer, the pioneering fusion albums Duster (with Gary Burton), Spaces and Aspects (with the Eleventh House) , acoustic solo and duet projects and more. Then in hour two, a special performance from Coryell and his band in a lively set of originals and standards.

KMUW Music will be celebrating Mardi Gras with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 28 from 7:00 to midnight. 

To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to some carnival hot spots: Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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