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.    Jose James - Yesterday I Had the Blues (Blue Note)

2.    Molly Johnson - Because of Billie (Molly Johnson)

3.    Jacky Terrasson - Take This (Impulse)

4.    Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet - Intents and Purposes (Enja)

5.    Albert 'Tootie' Heath - Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside)

6.    Charles Ruggiero - Boom Bang Boom Bang (Rondette)

7.    Steve Turre - Spiritman (Smoke Sessions)

8.    Dave Stryker - Messin' with Mr. T (Strike Zone)

Monday, April 27

Night Train marks birthdays of Modern Jazz Quartet drummer Connie Kay, bassist Martin Wind (whose credits include work with Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts),  and guitarist Lionel Loueke – including a special performance from him at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show. Plus more music from Billie Holiday and new music from the Susan Krebs Chamber Band, Eric Reed, and Molly Johnson.

Tuesday, April 28

Monday 4.20.15

Night Train continues the April Billie Holiday centennial birthday celebration and also marks birthdays of vibes great Lionel Hampton, Mambo King Tito Puente, guitarist Issi Rozen, and bassist Avishai Cohen. Plus new music from tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, drummer Quincy Davis, and pianist Dave Bass.

Tuesday 4.21.15

Monday, April 13

Night Train highlights a number of tribute albums tonight – including salutes to Billy Strayhorn, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chet Baker, and Sarah Vaughan. Plus two of the rising stars on today’s jazz vocal scene – Cecile McLorin Salvant and Gregory Porter; vibes players Stefon Harris and Gary Burton; and classics from Keith Jarrett’s ‘Standards Trio,’ Cannonball Adderley and Leon Thomas.

Tuesday, April 14

Monday 4.6.15

Night Train marks birthdays of cool jazz baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, pianist Andre Previn, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and also African jazz pioneer Randy Weston, including a performance from Weston and his African Rhythms Trio at the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show. Plus more music from April featured artist Billie Holiday (whose 100th birthday is tomorrow) and new music from drummer Ali Jackson and accordionist Richard Galliano.

1.    Jacky Terrasson - Take This (Impulse)

2.    Clark Terry - Keep On Keepin' On (Varese Sarabande)

3.    Justin Kauflin - Dedication (Qwest/Jazz Village)

4.    Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet - Intents and Purposes (Enja)

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

6.    Allan Harris - Black Bar Juke Box (Love Productions)

7.    Delfeayo Marsalis - The Last Southern Gentlemen (Troubadour)

8.    Brian Charette - Good Tipper (Posi-Tone)

Monday March 30

Night Train marks birthdays of two talented guitarists – Dave Stryker (who has a new album out in tribute to Stanley Turrentine) and Spain’s Ximo Tebar. Plus music from acclaimed saxophonist Steve Wilson (who has a regional performance coming up this week) and from March featured artists Clark Terry and Charles Lloyd – including a special in hour two of the show exploring the music of Lloyd’s ‘60s quartets.

Tuesday March 31

Monday March 23

Night Train celebrates birthdays of vibes players Dave Pike and Stefon Harris, and smart songwriter Dave Frishberg. There’s also more music from March featured artists Charles Lloyd (the first recorded version of “Dream Weaver” from a newly released album of previously unreleased concert performances) and Clark Terry (with singer Dinah Washington and pianist Oscar Peterson) – and in hour two, a special with Stefon Harris at Symphony Center.

Tuesday March 24

Monday, March 16

Night Train continues with more music from March featured artists Clark Terry (this time with Duke Ellington) and Charles Lloyd, and begins a week-long tribute to trumpeter Lew Soloff. Plus birthday salutes to coronetist Ruby Braff, bassist Brian Torff, and ‘the poet of the piano’ Tommy Flanagan – including a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show.

Tuesday, March 17

Monday March 9

Night Train marks birthdays of NEA Heritage Fellow and tabla master Zakir Hussain (performing with March featured artist Charles Lloyd), and singers Laurie Antonioli and Keely Smith. It’s also the birthday of Ornette Coleman, and along with music from both ends of his career, the second hour of the show features a special salute to the avant-garde pioneer  from Dewey Redman and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Tuesday March 10

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