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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Sad news today of the passing of one of the greats of jazz vibes, Bobby Hutcherson. In a career that spanned nearly seven decades and 50 albums, he redefined the instrument for the post-bop era. 

All next week KMUW's Night Train will feature music from throughout his career.

Here's more information from NPR: Bobby Hutcherson, Jazz Vibraphone Modernist, Has Died

Monday 8.15.16

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of pianist Oscar Peterson and drummer Stix Hooper (of the Crusaders), kicks off a week-long celebration of Brazilian jazz in honor of the Olympics (including music this time from Klaus Mueller’s new album, Village Samba), and continues with more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrell – with a track from one of his best recordings, Ellington is Forever.

Tuesday 8.16.16

Monday 8.8.16

Inspired by the major exhibition of works by Matisse in Oklahoma City now and Matisse’s paper collage collection that came out under the title of Jazz, Night Train highlights jazz artists and pieces inspired by Matisse from Wynton Marsalis, Jim Hall, Ted Nash, and the new Matisse Jazz Project album. Plus more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrell, and a birthday salute to saxophonist, composer, arranger and band leader Benny Carter, including a Savannah Music Festival special, Warren Vache Plays Carter, in hour two of the show.

Monday 8.1.16

Night Train kicks off the August feature in honor of guitarist Kenny Burrell’s 85th birthday with music he and other artists did from one of Burrell’s favorite composers, Duke Ellington. Along with Burrell, there’s Ellington compositions from John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, Red Mitchell with Roger Kellaway, Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, and the Jeff Hamilton Trio – and on new albums from Benny Golson, Sarah King & the Smoke Rings, Allen Toussaint, Dan Cray, and Lafayette Harris, Jr.

Tuesday 8.2.16

  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch)


  1. Rene Marie – Sound of Red (Motema)


  1. Hristo Vitchev – In Search of Wonders (Hristo Vitchev)


  1. Adrienne Fenemor – Mo’ Puddin’ (Adrienne Fenemor)


  1. Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom – Otis Was a Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family)


  1. Allen Toussaint – American Tunes (Nonesuch)


Monday 7.25.16

Night Train marks birthdays of contemporary jazz drummer Brian Blade, vocalist Annie Ross (of the famed vocalese group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) and Ellington saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Plus more jazz guitar for the Charlie Christian Centennial birthday celebration (including John Scofield, Charlie Hunter’s new album, the Howard Alden/Andy Brown Quartet, and Christian with the Benny Goodman Sextet) – and new music from the Organik Vibe Trio, The Hot Sardines, Cyrus Chestnut and Andy Narell.

Tuesday 7.26.16

Monday 7.18.16

Night Train highlights ‘new standards’ and tribute albums tonight – including Tierney Sutton’s celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell, a Joni cover from Claire Martin and music from Mitchell’s standards album, Both Sides Now – also the Trio of Oz doing Stone Temple Pilots; Deep Blue Organ Trio with a hit from Rufus; Benny Golson’s celebration of the tenor in jazz; Steve Turre’s salute to trombonists who were part of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers; and Carmen McCrae with music of Billie Holiday.

Tuesday 7.19.16

Monday 7.4.16

Night Train celebrates the 4th of July with two special live performances from the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. In hour one of the show, the Airmen are joined by one of the top vibes players in jazz today – Stefon Harris. Then in hour two, they greet two special guests – trumpeter Marvin Stamm (whose credits include working with everyone from Stan Kenton and Paul Desmond to Donald Fagen and Deodato) and West Coast pianist and popular session player Bill Mays.

Tuesday 7.5.16