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 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.

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate Presidents' Day with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

Global Village gets the celebration underway with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Monday 2.12.18

Concerts featured this time on the Night Train as we highlight music from quite a number of jazz artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week, along with Brazilian duos (for our February feature) live from the Savannah Music Festival in a special in hour two of the show. There’s also live music from the duo of Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau, and new music from Johnny O’Neal and Richie Cole.

Tuesday 2.13.18

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Mardi Gras with music from New Orleans – including new albums from the Jambalaya Brass Band, Jason Marsalis & the 21st Century Trad Band, Bonerama, Jon Cleary and Dave Bartholomew, along with the Olympia Brass Band, Allen Toussaint, Kermit Ruffins, and a song from Louis Armstrong & the Hot Five that is going into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year, and a special in hour two about his Hot Five and Seven bands.

Wednesday 2.14.18

Night Train joins Global Village and Strange Currency in celebrating Valentine’s Day with a show devoted to songs of the heart. Highlights include selections from Chet Baker, Nina Simone (a Rock Hall of Fame inductee this year), Shirley Horn- and for our duos feature, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, and Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong. It’s also the birthday of saxophonist Maceo Parker (of James Brown’s JB Horns fame) and trombonist Rob McConnell, so the show will highlight the romantic side of their work as well. 

Thursday 2.15.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of composer Harold Arlen (with versions of his songs from Dianne Reeves, Ernestine Anderson, Scott Hamilton, and as we feature duos this month – cornetist Ruby Braff and pianist Roger Kellaway) and drummer Herlin Riley (on Lucky Peterson’s new tribute to Jimmy Smith, as a leader, and in hour two in a special commissioned production of Walter Blanding's "Tick Tock" from the Savannah Music Festival), We’ll also get to a couple of newly named Juno Awards nominees – Diana Krall and Bria Skonberg – for National Flag of Canada Day (also celebrated earlier this evening on Global Village).

KMUW Music is celebrating the music of love this Valentine's Day. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Wednesday, February 14, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

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