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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Monday 6.15.15

Tonight on the Night Train, we'll celebrate the birthdays of  pianist Jaki Byard and pianist/composer Erroll Garner, including a Jazz Profiles special on Garner in the second half of the show. We'll hear from more jazz guitarists to celebrate guitar month, and we'll feature favorite tracks all week from jazz giant Ornette Coleman, who died last week at the age of 85.

  Tuesday 6.16.15

Monday 6.8.15

Tonight on the Night Train, some great singers on board– including Diana Krall, Ruth Brown, Kurt Elling, and Abbey Lincoln, plus classics from Art Tatum and Lee Morgan, along with music from vibes players Gary Burton (with Chick Corea) and Erik Charlston (with JazzBrasil), and guitarist Grant Geissman (teamed up with Yellowjackets co-founder Russell Ferrante).


Tuesday 6.9.15

Monday 6.1.15

Night Train kicks off the June Electric Jazz Guitar feature (celebrating the 100th birthday of solid body electric pioneer Les Paul) with music from Les Paul, jazz guitar ‘power trio’ pioneer Kenny Burrell, and two exciting contemporary jazz guitarists – Nels Cline and Julian Lage.

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

2.   Mary Stallings - Feelin' Good (High Note)

3.   Joe Alterman - Georgia Sunset (Joe Alterman)

4.   Sarah Partridge - I Never Thought I'd Be Here (Origin)

5.   Jacky Terrasson - Take This (Impulse)

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

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

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

Monday 5.25.15

Night Train steps aside for a Memorial Day special with the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Hour one of the show features the Airmen in a tribute to some of the most influential small groups in jazz, ensembles led by such legendary names as Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and more. Then in the second hour, it’s special best-of program with highlights of the Airmen performing with such jazz talents as Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Joe Locke, the New York Voices and Phil Woods.

Monday 5.18.15

Night Train continues its month-long salute to Stevie Wonder and kicks off a week-long celebration of the birthday of Commodore Records founder Milt Gabler, including a four part Commodore Records Story special airing each night this week. Plus birthdays of Kansas City shouter Big Joe Turner and vibes player Christian Tamburr, and new music from Cory Weeds and Delfeayo Marsalis.

Tuesday 5.19.15

Monday, May 11

Night Train celebrates the birthday of 2015 NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley, highlights more jazz versions of Stevie Wonder songs for the May feature, and even sneaks in a few tunes for Twilight Zone Day.

Tuesday, May 12

Monday 5.4.15

Night Train celebrates the birthday of legendary bassist Ron Carter with music he did as a leader, and with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Steve Kuhn, Chico Hamilton, the V.S.O.P. Quintet, and Bill Frisell.

Plus music from Stevie Wonder (including music from saxophonist Dave Pietro’s tribute album, Standard Wonder, and Brazilian pianist and singer Eliane Elias) and new releases from saxophonists Sax Gordon and Charles McPherson and pianist Dave Bass.

Tuesday 5.5.15

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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