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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KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate the birthday of Bob Dylan on Thursday, May 24. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of Dylan and Dylan-inspired music.

Monday 5.21.18

Night Train marks the birthday of Fats Waller with some music from the great stride pianist and singer in hour one, and a special about his life and music in hour two. We’ll also mark birthdays of guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist Joe Byrd, bandleader and arranger Bill Holman, and drummer Larance Marable. And as we continue our Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, a surprising Latin jazz album from Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone and the No Name Horses big band.

Tuesday 5.22.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of bandleader, pianist, composer and provocateur, Sun Ra, including music from several of his albums in hour one and a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of trombonist Nick Finzer and Night Train will highlight music from his new album, No Arrival.  We’ll also dip into Yusef Lateef’s pioneering Eastern Sounds album for the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature.

Wednesday 5.23.18

Music from Ken Peplowski (from a new big band album), Richie Beirach, Randy Sandke, and Artie Shaw for their birthdays – including an Artie Shaw special with biographer Tom Nolan in hour two of the show.  Also some new ‘vintage’ sounds from the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, and as we continue the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, selections from Akira Tana and the Anthony Brown Asian American Orchestra.

Thursday 5.24.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the birthday of Bob Dylan with jazz covers of his songs from Madeleine Peyroux, Ben Sidran, Bobby McFerrin, and Kurt Elling. Plus birthday salutes to soul jazz organist Charles Earland and saxophonist Archie Shepp.

KMUW Music is celebrating the birthday of Sun Ra on Tuesday, May 22.  Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of music.

Global Village marks the occasion with some pieces the (other) world musician did that were influenced by styles from other parts of the planet.

The feature continues on Strange Currency with selections from NRBQ, Yo La Tengo and others.

Night Train closes out the feature from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

Monday 5.14.18

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonist Virginia Mayhew, guitarist Bruce Forman, and pioneering soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet (including a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show). Plus more for the Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature – including music from Dave Brubeck’s Jazz Impressions of Japan and an Indo-jazz piece from saxophonist Ron Holloway. And there’s new music from trumpeter Eddie Henderson, the Devin Kelly Organ Trio, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

Tuesday 5.15.18

Birthday salutes to pianist Ellis Larkins (with Ella Fitzgerald and at Maybeck Recital Hall), bossa nova pioneer Oscar Castro-Neves, and saxophonist Grace Kelly (including a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival with Phil Woods in hour two) tonight on the Night Train. Plus new music from Kenny Barron and Kate McGarry, and for the May Asian Heritage Month feature, selections from Terumasa Hino and Yuko Ito.

Wednesday 5.16.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Billy Cobham, jazz vocal great Betty Carter, and Woody Herman (including a special in hour two about the Four Brothers lineup after Herman). Plus more music for the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, this time from the Taal Tantra Experience and pianist Michika Fukumori – and new music from the Steve Gadd Band, Bill O’Connell, and Benjamin Boone with poet Philip Levine.

Thursday 5.17.18

Night Train continues the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with an Asian piece from Pharoah Sanders, music from a Grammy nominated project from Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra, and a raga inspired piece from pianist and composer Lewis Porter. We also mark the birthday of alto sax legend Jackie McLean, including a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show.

Monday 5.7.18

Night Train remembers alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe on his birthday. For the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, there’s music from Indian percussionist Ramesh Shotham for his birthday, and from critically acclaimed pianist, composer, and educator Vijay Iyer, including a special with him in hour two of the show. And Night Train also highlights new music from the Barrett Martin Group, drummer Peter Erskine and his Dr. Um Band, and Latin jazz percussions Steven Kroon.

Tuesday 5.8.18

Night Train marks birthdays of two great jazz pianists tonight – Mary Lou Williams and Keith Jarrett. We’ll hear music from Jarrett’s new album with the Standards Trio in hour one and a special with him in hour two of the show.  There’s also new music from pianist Emmet Cohen with legendary bassist Ron Carter, pianist Chick Corea with drummer Steve Gadd, and the Peter Sommer Septet.

Wednesday 5.9.18

Night Train marks birthdays of Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Tania Maria, and of guitarist Anthony Wilson (featured with Diana Krall and the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, along with his own groups). Plus new swing-inspired releases from Squirrel Nut Zippers, Hot Club Sandwich, Kevin Connor & Swing 3PO, and the Idiomatiques – and Don Braden’s new tribute to Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder.

Thursday 5.10.18

Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn tonight on the Night Train, as performed by guitarist Kenny Burrell, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, Red Mitchell with Roger Kellaway, Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Benny Golson, Sarah King & the Smoke Rings, Allen Toussaint, Dan Cray and Lafayette Harris, Jr.

Album cover art

  1. Van Morrison/Joey DeFrancesco – You’re Driving Me Crazy (Sony Legacy)
  1. Kurt Elling – The Questions (Okeh)
  1. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM)
  1. Pat Martino – Formidable (High Note)
  1. Edward Simon – Sorrows and Triumphs (Sunnyside)
  1. Leslie Pintchik – You Eat My Food…(Pintch Hard)
  1. George Kahn – Straight Ahead (Playing Records)
  1. George Cotsirilos Quartet – Mostly in Blue (OA2)
  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Michel Camilo – Live in London (Redondo Music)

Monday 4.30.18

Night Train marks the birthday of bassist and Modern Jazz Quartet member Percy Heath (including a special featuring music of MJQ in hour two), wraps up Guitar Month with music from Wes Montgomery with Percy Heath as part of the band, and begins a week long remembrance of pianist, vocalist and songwriter Bob Dorough who passed away last week.

Tuesday 5.1.18

Night Train kicks off the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with a celebration on an annual holiday to honor traditional Hawaiian culture – May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii (also celebrated this evening with a program devoted to Hawaiian music on Global Village). We’ll hear the Honolulu Jazz Quartet, an early pioneer of the Hawaiian steel guitar, and a special in hour two following the history of that instrument as it first entered American popular music. Night Train also continues its week-long tribute to Bob Dorough with music from his major label debut (when he was in his 70s) and as a guest with Joanie Pallatto doing one of his classic songs – and there’s music from Shirley Horn and Big Maybelle for their birthdays.

Wednesday 5.2.18

Night Train continues its week-long salute to pianist, singer and songwriter Bob Dorough with music from his debut album and a cover of one of his songs by pianist Hank Jones. We also mark birthdays of two songwriters, J. Fred Coots, and also Lorenz Hart, including a special in hour two tracing the early career and classic songs of Rodgers & Hart. There’s new music from pianist Renee Rosnes and singer Shirley Crabbe, and for the May Asian American Heritage Month feature, music from pianist and composter Aki Takase.

Thursday 5.3.18

Night Train wraps up a week-long tribute to Bob Dorough with a classic song he wrote with Dave Frishberg, music from his live set at the iridium, and a cover of one of his classics by Irene Kral. We also mark birthdays of flutist Andrea Brachfeld, songwriter Betty Comden, guitarist Hristo Vitchev, and pianist, composer and Modern Jazz Quartet co-founder John Lewis, including an MJQ special in hour two.

Monday 4.23.18

Night Train kicks off a week’s preview of the artists appearing at this year’s International Day Jazz concert on April 30th, including this night music from Till Bronner and Gilad Hekselman. Plus new music from pianist Edward Simon, a live four-disc set from the final Miles Davis/John Coltrane tour, the Oak Trio, and guitarist Wali Ali; music from Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder suite for Shakespeare’s birthday; and in hour two, for our April Guitar Month feature, a special examining One Hundred Years of Jazz Guitar.

Tuesday 4.24.18

It’s Chicago tenor night on the Night Train in honor of the birthday of Johnny Griffin. We’ll hear music – and a special in hour two – featuring such great Chicago tenor players as Gene Ammons, Clifford Jordan, John Gilmore (from the Sun Ra Arkestra) and Von Freeman. And, as we feature music all week from artists appearing at this year’s International Jazz Day concert, there’s music from Kurt Elling and Joey DeFrancesco.

Wednesday 4.25.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of drummer Carl Allen, soul jazz saxophonist Willis Jackson, and the legendary Ella Fitzgerald (including a Jazz Profiles special about her in hour two of the show). Plus more music from artists performing at this year’s International Jazz Day concert April 30th, including Kurt Elling and Manhattan Transfer – both with new albums out; and more guitars for the April Guitar Month feature, including John Scofield and a new duo set from Royce Campbell with bassist Bob Bowen.

Thursday 4.26.18

As part of the April Guitar Month feature, Night Train highlights some acoustic guitar recordings, including a rare set from John Scofield, John Pisano with Gene Bertoncini, gypsy jazz guitarists Stephane Wrembel, Romane, Stochelo Rosenberg, and Martin Taylor, Ralph Towner, and John Pizzarelli.  Plus new music from alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, the New Faces lineup, Van Morrison with Joey DeFrancesco, Leslie Pintchik, Lewis Porter, Michel Camilo, and George Kahn.

Monday 4.16.18

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Ulf Wakenius, flutist Herbie Mann and composer Henry Mancini, and features new music from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (celebrating the 60th anniversary of Dave Brubeck’s groundbreaking State Department Tour), guitarist Jacques Lesure, and soul jazz duo Mike Clark and Delbert Bump. Then in hour two, for the April Guitar Month feature, a special performance from guitarist Larry Coryell with Mark Egan and Paul Wertico.

Tuesday 4.17.18

Great guitars (for the April International Guitar Month feature) and tribute albums are the focus tonight on the Night Train, with music from guitarists Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton (with Wynton Marsalis), Russell Malone, Pat Martino, and the Deep Blue Organ Trio featuring guitarist Bobby Broom. Tribute albums on tap include Swingadelic’s salute to Duke Pearson, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Billie Holiday, Bill Frisell’s collection of songs from John Lennon, Alan Pasqua doing music of Bill Evans, and Conrad Herwig showcasing the “Latin Side of Herbie Hancock.”

Wednesday 4.18.18

While KMUW’s music shows have been celebrating Guitar Month, April is also Poetry Month and tonight Night Train marks the occasion with music from jazz artists inspired by such great poets as T.S. Eliott, Emily Dickenson, Elizabeth Bishop, Carl Sandburg, ee cummings, and more. We’ll hear performances from Matt Wilson, Patricia Barber, June Christy, Kurt Elling, Langston Hughes, Gil Scott-Heron and Tin Hat, among others. It’s also the birthday of singer and songwriter Madeleine Peyroux and in the first hour we’ll hear her do a piece inspired by a W.H. Auden poem and then in hour two, she’s the special guest in a Song Travels special.

Thursday 4.19.18

In conjunction with the April Guitar Month feature, Night Train features some great guitarists, classic and contemporary, tonight. Among the artists featured are Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Kenny Burrell, John Abercrombie, Al DiMeola, Steve Khan, and Larry Coryell with John Scofield and Joe Beck. Plus the latest from bassist Kyle Eastwood, saxophonist Steve Slagle, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and singer Kate McGarry.

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KMUW Music is celebrating International Day of Human Space Flight, marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, April 12 for five hours of space-inspired music.

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