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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1:56 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Nat Cole Week, A New Orleans' Jazz Mardi Gras Party & Some “Pres” For Presidents’ Day

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nat King Cole

Monday, February 16

Night Train kicks off a week of music and features for Nat Cole, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, with music from his brother Freddy Cole. Plus birthday salutes to songwriter Alec Wilder and Sonny Bono (!), some “Pres” (Lester Young) for Presidents’ Day, and new music from organist Brian Charette and trombonist Conrad Herwig.

Tuesday, February 17

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10:56 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Charles Mingus Week + Saxophonists Steve Wilson & Brent Jensen, And Ethan Iverson Of The Bad Plus

American jazz musician Charles Mingus Jr.

Monday, February 9

Night Train kicks off Mingus Week – a salute to one of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners for the February feature – with some classic music from Mingus and part one of a two-part Jazz Profiles Mingus special. Plus a birthday salute to one of the leading saxophonists on the scene today – Steve Wilson – with music he did along with Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and on the Grammy-nominated 2014 release from the Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio.

Tuesday, February 10

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5:21 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Duke Ellington Week + Stan Getz, Bob Stewart & John Handy Birthdays

Jazz legend Duke Ellington

Monday, February 2

Night Train kicks off a new month’s feature celebrating Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipients and a week-long salute to the first jazz artist so honored – Duke Ellington. Along with music from Duke in hour one of the show, the first of a two part Jazz Profiles special in hour two surveys his music and career. Plus birthdays of tenor saxophonists Stan Getz and Sonny Stitt, and new music from Ahmad Jamal and Louis Hayes with the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band.

Tuesday, February 3

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8:58 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Night Train Top 40 Albums For January 2015

Chick Corea Trio, 'Trilogy'
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1.    Chick Corea Trio - Trilogy (Stretch/Concord)

2.    Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma - La Clave del Gumbo (Jamie Dubberly)

3.    Omer Avital - New Song (Motema)

4.    Houston Person - The Melody Lingers On (High Note)

5.    Conrad Herwig - The Latin Side of Joe Henderson (Half Note)

6.    Kenny Barron/Dave Holland - The Art of Conversation (Impulse)

7.    Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio - We're Back (Whaling City Sound)

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11:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Best Of 2014 & Good Birthday Vibes With Bobby Hutcherson And Bill Ware

Jazz bass great Charlie Haden

Monday 1.26.15

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10:17 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Birthdays of Kind of Blue’s Jimmy Cobb, Trombone Great J.J. Johnson & Grammy-Nominee Jason Moran

Legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb

Monday 1.19.15

Night Train steps aside tonight for two specials for Dr. King Day. In hour one, Night Lights highlights some of the many jazz classics inspired by Dr. King, including music from Oliver Nelson, Nina Simone, Blue Mitchell, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams and Louis Armstrong. In hour two, a Blues and Beyond special highlights jazz and blues artists inspired by King and the Civil Rights movement, including Dr. Billy Taylor, Johnny & Shemekia Copeland, Eric Bibb, Lucky Peterson and Paul Robeson.

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9:47 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Best Of 2014 Plus George Duke, Joe Pass And Mark Egan Birthdays

Keyboardist, band leader and producer George Duke

Monday 1.12.15

Special: Night Train marks the birthday of keyboardist, band leader and producer George Duke. Tonight's program focuses on the many jazz-oriented projects under Duke's own name and with such esteemed artists as Miles Davis, John Scofield, cousin Dianne Reeves, Stanley Clarke, the Brecker Brothers, Sonny Rollins and more.

Tuesday 1.13.15

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9:31 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Remembering Buddy DeFranco & Horace Silver Plus More Best Of 2014

Bop clarinetist Buddy DeFranco

Monday 1.5.15

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of pianist and composer Lisa Hilton, and drummer Paul Wertico – best known for his work with Pat Metheny. Plus more of the best of 2014 – including the Helge Lien Trio, Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, Steve Khan,  Latin Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera, and the start of a week-long salute to bop clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who passed away at the end of last year.

Tuesday 1.6.15

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8:45 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Night Train Top 40 Albums For December 2014

Kenny Barron and Dave Holland's 'The Art of Conversation'
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1.  Kenny Barron/Dave Holland - The Art of Conversation (Impulse)

2.  Joey DeFrancesco - Home for the Holidays (JDM)

3.  Various - It's Christmas on Mack Avenue (Mack Avenue)

4.  Hollywood Tuba 12 - Tis the Season TUBA Jolly ((Basset Hound Music)

5.  Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse - A New Orleans Creole Christmas (BasinStreet)

6.  Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet - Side Up (Far Up)

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9:35 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Jazz Birthdays, New Year’s Eve w/ Airmen of Note & Best of 2014 Special

Jazz pianist Danilo Perez

Monday 12.29.14

Night Train marks birthdays of two major figures in contemporary jazz, pianist Danilo Perez and saxophonist Joe Lovano. There’s music from them as both guests and leaders, including Lovano’s Grammy-nominated performance on the new Latin Side of Joe Henderson album, and Perez appearing on the first Latin Side recording, featuring the music of John Coltrane.

Tuesday 12.30.14

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