Night Train highlights some string things tonight – violinists, string ensembles, and string quartet and orchestra accompaniment with jazz artists, including a number of classically influenced pieces for the September Classical Meets Jazz/Classical Music Month feature. Among the artists featured are Stan Getz (from the famous Focus album), Cecile McLorin Salvant (whose new album includes several pieces with string quartet), Quartet Indigo, Chick Corea with the Harlem String Quartet, Regina Carter (from her Paganini album), the Turtle Island String Quartet, and the Modern Jazz Quartet and Martin Wind, both with symphony orchestras.
There’s quite a long list of impressive jazz artists born on this date and Night Train features music from all of them this evening – trombonist and Saturday Night Live Band member Steve Turre, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton (including music from her new album of original compositions, Speechless), saxophonist Scott Hamilton, and organist Papa John DeFrancesco (and music as well from both of his sons, Joey and Johnny DeFrancesco).
Also the Night Train feature for Classical Music Month continues with two new releases, the VEIN Trio playing music of Ravel, and Third Stream pioneer Ran Blake teamed up with singer Dominique Eade.
Night Train marks birthdays of R&B pianist and singer Charles Brown and also critic and songwriter Leonard Feather. We’ll hear later and classic tracks from Brown, and Feather’s songs performed by Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, along with music from his daughter Lorraine Feather. Plus new music from Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Wynton Kelly Trio, and Tom Rizzo – and for the Classical Meets Jazz/Classical Music Month feature, music of Satie from Dan Willis & Velvet Gentlemen, and a special featuring pianist Aaron Diehl in a tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet.
With Hispanic Heritage Month beginning tomorrow, Night Train offers a program featuring Latin jazz tonight, including music from Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Michael Spiro & Wayne Wallace, Arturo Sandoval, Bill O’Connell, Gabriel Alegria, Trio da Paz, and David Sanchez. We’ll also continue our Classical Meets Jazz feature for Classical Music Month with selections from Charlie Haden, Jeremy Pelt and Maureen Choi.