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. Dr. Lonnie Smith – All in My Mind (Blue Note)


  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Hristo Vitchev Quartet – Of Light and Shadows (First Orbit Sounds)
  1. Leslie Pintchik – You Eat My Food…(Pintch Hard)
  1. Pat Martino – Formidable (High Note)
  1. Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band – Chinese Butterfly (Stretch/Concord)
  1. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM)
  1. Peter Sommer Septet – Happy-Go-Lucky Locals (Peter Sommer Music)
  1. George Kahn – Straight Ahead (Playing Records)
  1. Ben Paterson – That Old Feeling (Cellar Live)

Monday 3.26.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pianists Hiromi (including music from a duet set she did with Chick Corea) and Chad Lawson, and saxophonist James Moody (featured in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show). Plus more for the Women’s History Month feature including music from a new Nina Simone compilation, Billie Holiday and an Abbey Lincoln tribute to Billie.

Tuesday 3.27.18

Music from singers Sarah Vaughan and Stacey Kent for their birthdays, including a Sarah Vaughn Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show – also new music from drummer Akira Tana, pianist George Kahn, the Diva Jazz Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Project, and the ‘Standards Trio’ of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette.

Wednesday 3.28.18

Tonight’s Night Train focuses on soul jazz – the lively style inspired by soul and R&B that often brought together electric guitar, organ and saxophone. Among the highlights: the Jazz Soul Seven’s tribute to Curtis Mayfield; guitarist George Benson with both Jack McDuff, and the duo of Hank Crawford and Jimmy McGriff;  guitarist Dave Styker’s album in tribute to soul jazz great (and his former employer) Stanley Turrentine;  and Stanley Turrentine himself with his classic version of Marvin Gaye’s “Don’t Mess with Mr. T.” And a few more artists for the March Women’s History Month feature – including singer Nnenna Freelon and cellist Akua Dixon.

Thursday 3.29.18

A busy night tonight on the Night Train as the show wraps up the March Women’s History Month feature (with music from Eliane Elias, Berta Rojas, Anat Cohen, Katie Thiroux and Mariam McPartland), marks the birthday of saxophonist Michael Brecker, and highlights music from an extensive list of performers with local and regional concerts in the coming week, including artists appearing at this year’s Wichita Jazz Festival and the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series.  Plus new music from Manhattan Transfer, the Chick Corea+Steve Gadd Band, Bill Frisell, and the Jambalaya Brass Band.

Monday 3.19.18

Night Train kicks off IMA Week, featuring music from nominees in this year’s Independent Music Awards, honoring small label and artist-released music in 96 categories. Night Train highlights jazz nominees tonight, while Global Village and Crossroads will feature some of the world and blues nominees later in the week.
Also tonight birthday celebrations for Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, pianist and former musical director for Dizzy Gillespie – Mike Longo, and singer Bill Henderson. Plus new music from Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, vibes player Steve Hobbs, gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and soul jazz group Organissimo.

Tuesday 3.20.18

Night Train marks the centennial birthday of pianist, composer, author, pioneering jazz educator and label owner, and long-time host of the groundbreaking Piano Jazz radio show, Marian McPartland. We’ll hear music from throughout her career, hear from McPartland herself from a National Endowment for the Arts interview after she was named an NEA Jazz Master, and in hour two hear a special memorial program featuring her compositions performed by such artists as Sarah Vaughan, Elvis Costello, Bill Charlap, Karrin Allyson and more.

It’s also the first day of spring, and Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to feature some songs for the new season, including from pianist, composer and vocalist Meredith D’Ambrosio, who was also born on this date and who regularly included spring songs on her albums.

Wednesday 3.21.18

Jazz has become an international language and Night Train offers some proof tonight from jazz pianists from around the world – including Italy’s Stefano Bollani, Brazil’s Antonio Adolfo, the Dominican Republic’s Michel Camilo, Germany’s Florian Hoefner, and Turkey’s Fahir Atakoglu.

Night also continues its Women’s History Month celebrations with Japanese pianist Hiromi, singers Dee Alexander and Molly Johnson, and drummer Allison Miller.

Thursday 3.22.18

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarists George Benson (including a special focusing on his early jazz career in hour two of the show) and Melvin Sparks, highlights new music from organist Robert Kennedy and guitarists Pat Martino and Hristo Vitchev, and as the Women’s History Month feature continues, there’s music from innovative German organist Barbara Dennerlein.

KMUW Music marks the First Day of Spring with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, March 20 for songs of the season.

Monday 3.12.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Bill Anschell and singer Al Jarreau, and continues the March Women’s History Month Feature with music from harpist Dorothy Ashby, singers Deborah Brown, Nnenna Freelon and Cecile McLorin Salvant, and pianists Marian McPartland, Jessica Williams, and Leslie Pintchik. Plus new music from the ‘Standards Trio’ of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, soul jazz organist Caesar Frazier, pianists Alfredo Rodriguez and Ben Paterson, and guitarist Hristo Vitchev.

Tuesday 3.13.18

Night Train marks birthdays of legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes, and trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Blue Mitchell. The March Women’s History Month Feature also continues with singers Rachelle Ferrell, Sarah Vaughan and Cassandra Wills, organist Shirley Scott, and pianist Marian McPartland. And there’s new music from guitarists Corey Christiansen and Pat Martino, saxophonists Scott Hamilton and Peter Sommer, and pianist George Kahn.

Wednesday 3.14.18

Night Train continues the March Women’s History Month feature with birthday salutes to soul jazz organist Shirley Scott (including a special featuring her music in hour two of the show) and singer Vanessa Rubin. It is also the birthday today of Quincey Jones (we’ll hear some early big band music from him – arranged by Melba Liston) and drummer Akira Tana (who has a new Brazilian jazz release just out). And there’s new music from organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and singer Kate McGarry.

Thursday 3.15.18

Night Train marks the 80th birthday of jazz sax great Charles Lloyd with music from his more recent releases in hour one, and a special devoted to his early years when he was a favorite with ‘60s rock listeners in hour two of the show. Also remembering trad jazz saxophonist Bob Wilber and trumpeter Jimmy McPartland for their birthdays, and featuring new music from the Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band, Kevin Connor and Swing 3PO, New Faces, and Jason Marsalis & the 21st Century Trad Band.

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate International Women's Day with five hours of music from women artists. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on March 8. In honor of Women's History Month, KMUW Music is also featuring women artists throughout March.

Monday 3.5.18

Night Train highlights contemporary and classic female jazz singers for the March Women’s History Month Feature, along with music from pianist Marian McPartland whose centennial birthday is later this month. We’ll hear Billie Holiday, Stacey Kent, Dianne Reeves (a 2018 NEA Jazz Master), Jazzmeia Horn, Tierney Sutton, Dinah Washington and Blossom Dearie. Plus new music from pianists Takaaki Otono, Ben Paterson and Leslie Pintchik, soul jazz organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith, and the organ group B3B4.

Tuesday 3.6.18

Night Train marks the birthday of jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery with music from one of his classic albums, a tribute to him from former bandmate and organist Mel Rhyne, and a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show. We’ll also sneak in a little music from Western Swing great Bob Wills for his birthday, preview some jazz concerts coming up later in the week, and feature more music from Marian McPartland to mark her centennial birthday later this month.

Wednesday 3.7.18

Night Train highlights music from both legendary and contemporary pianists this evening – including Chick Corea, Red Garland, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Cyrus Chestnut, and Mose Allison. And as we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month, we’ll hear music from pianist Eliane Elias, bassist Katie Thiroux, and singers Molly Johnson (with a tribute to Billie Holiday) and Rachael Caswell.

Thursday 3.8.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate International Women’s Day with a program devoted to women artists. We’ll hear new music from the Diva Jazz Orchestra, pianist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, a Night Train 2017 favorite album from trombonist Audrey Ochoa, Piano Jazz Great Marian McPartland, singers Barbara Morrison and Etta Jones, and in hour two, a special celebrating Jazz Women of the ‘60s.

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  1. Stephane Wrembel – The Django Experiment III (Water Is Life)
  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Nina Simone – Mood Indigo: The Bethlehem Singles (Bethlehem)
  1. Houston Person – Rain or Shine (Hight Note)
  1. Eric Alexander – Song of No Regrets (High Note)
  1. Robert Kennedy – Closer to Home (Robert Kennedy)
  1. Steve Hobbs – Tribute to Bobby (Challenge)
  1. Dr. Lonnie Smith – All in My Mind (Blue Note)
  1. Roswell Rudd – Embrace (Rare Noise)
  1. Michel Camilo – Live in London (Redondo Music)

Monday 2.26.18

Night Train kicks off the week with jazz guitarists – including Al DiMeola, Pat Metheny, Paco de Lucia, Steve Masakowski,  Will Bernard, Julian Lage, Melvin Sparks, Joe Pass, and George Benson.

Tuesday 2.27.18

Night Train pays tribute to violinist Didier Lockwood who passed away last week; marks birthdays of tenor sax giant Dexter Gordon, contemporary gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and organist Robert Kennedy; highlights new music guitarist Hristo Vitchev, and saxophonists Dan Block and Eric Alexander; and continues with the February duos feature including an unreleased duet set from saxophonist James Carter and pianist Cyrus Chestnut.

Wednesday 2.28.18

Night Train wraps up the February Duos Feature with duos projects from contemporary eclectic guitarist Julian Lage, including music from the Grammy nominated Mount Royal album with Chris Eldridge, and a 2017 Savannah Music Festival performance from the two in hour two of the show. We’ll also mark birthdays of Latin jazz percussionist Willie Bobo, singer Roseanna Vitro, and swing guitarist Marty Grosz, and highlight new music from Van Morrison, Steve Hobbs, and Rahsaan Barber.

Thursday 3.1.18

Night Train kicks off the March feature celebrating Women’s History Month with music from female jazz artists, including Marian McPartland who was born 100 years ago this month, and Kate McGarry from her new album. Plus birthday celebrations for trombonist Benny Powell, guitarist Ralph Towner (from his latest solo album and in duo projects with Gary Burton and Paolo Fresu), and Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta, including a performance he did as part of Trio da Paz at the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show.

Monday 2.19.18

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Presidents’ Day with music from Pres (Lester Young –including a special in hour two in tribute to him) and also from Dizzy Gillespie, who ran for President in 1964.  Plus new music from pianist Ben Paterson, and saxophonists Steve Slagle and Sherman Irby, and more duos for the February feature, including bassist Dave Young with jazz piano great Tommy Flanagan on a Miles Davis’ classic.

Tuesday 2.20.18

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Nancy Wilson and soul jazz organist Charles Kynard, features new music from Steve Smith & Vital Information, pianist Takaaki, and organist Caesar Grazier, and continues the February duos feature with King & Moore and a special performance from the Savannah Music Festival in hour two from pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.

Wednesday 2.21.18

Night Train continues the February duos feature with a classic duo album – Undercurrent from Bill Evans and Jim Hall. Plus birthday salutes to drummer Joe Farnsworth, pianist Eddie Higgins, composer and arranger Tadd Dameron, and also Nina Simone, including music from a new compilation of her early work on the Bethlehem label and a special about her life and music in hour two of the show.

Thursday 2.22.18

A duos extravaganza for the February Duos feature on the Night Train with music from a Latin Grammy winning release from Michel Camilo and Tomatito, Bobby McFerrin with Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson & Milt Jackson, a recently remastered and reissued recording from Fred Hersch and Jay Clayton, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, and several duo recordings from bassist Charlie Haden – with Pat Metheny, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Hank Jones, and Keith Jarrett. There’s also new music from Corey Christiansen, Michel Camilo, Alfredo Rodriguez, Pat Martino, the Mark Wade Trio, and Delfeayo Marsalis.