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 12.18.17

Night Train marks the centennial birthday of jump blues saxophonist and singer Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, along with birthdays of Texas guitarist Pee Wee Crayton, saxophonist Harold Land, and influential arranger and bandleader Fletcher Henderson (including a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show). Also music from Nina Simone (a new Rock Hall of Fame inductee), a tribute to pianist Willie Pickens, and new music from Organissimo, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Harold Mabern, and Vincent Herring.

Tuesday 12.19.17

Another round of birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train for trombonist Bob Brookmeyer (including a Jazz Profiles special featuring him in hour two), pianist and Jazz Messenger Bobby Timmons, saxophonist and Chick Corea band member Eric Marienthal, trumpeters Kermit Ruffins and Bob Lark, and guitarist Jacques Lesure.  Plus new music from Tom Harrell, and Arturo O’Farrill with Chucho Valdes.

Wednesday 12.20.17

Night Train showcases new releases tonight, including 2017 Holiday albums from the Michael Treni Big Band, Chris Pasin, Smoky Greenwell, and U.S. Army Blues. Also new albums from Cory Weeds, Joey Alexander, Takaaki, Michel Camilo, Roswell Rudd and Willie Jones III.

Thursday 12.21.17

Night Train marks the first day of winter with a wide array of original and favorite songs of the season. Highlights include music from Cyrille Aimee, Sting, Al DiMeola, Frank Kimbrough and Dave Stryker in hour one; and Cyrus Chestnut, Pee Wee Ellis (of the James Brown Horns), the Yellowjackets, the Ted Rosenthal Trio, and Kurt Elling in hour two of the show.

(Global Village and Strange Currency also mark the Winter Solstice tonight.)

Monday 12.11.17

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the giants of jazz piano, McCoy Tyner, with music he did as a leader, along with John Coltrane, Grant Green and Joe Henderson, and in a concert special in hour two of the show. Plus new music from trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Jacques Lesure, and bassist Gerald Cannon.

Tuesday 12.12.17

Night Train marks a host of jazz birthdays tonight – including singers Joe Williams and Bob Dorough, saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., accordionist Richard Galliano, and pianists John Hicks and Toshiko Akiyoshi. It’s also the birthday of Frank Sinatra and there’s a special in hour two exploring his musical legacy.

Wednesday 12.13.17

Night Train highlights some big bands and large ensembles – including those led by Carla Bley, Gil Evans and Duke Ellington, along with the WDR Big Band, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, the Great American Music Ensemble, and Randy Brecker with the WDR Big Band. Plus music from vocalists Kevin Mahogany, the New York Voices, Billy Eckstine and Ernestine Anderson, and classics from Quincy Jones, Paul Gonsalves, and Jimmy Smith with Wes Montgomery.

Thursday 12.14.17

Night Train highlights music from three artists born on this day: trombonist Dan Barrett (as a leader and with the Alden/Barrett Quintet), trumpeter Clark Terry (as a leader and with Dinah Washington), and baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne (also as a leader and with Dinah Washington, and guesting with Kenny Burrell, Kenny Dorham, and Cannonball Adderley). Plus new music from bassist, singer and composer Katie Thiroux, pianist and composer Yoko Miwa, trombonist Roswell Rudd, and the new Bird tribute, The Passion of Charlie Parker.

Monday 12.4.17

Night Train begins the week with birthday salutes to jazz guitar great Jim Hall and contemporary vocal star Cassandra Wilson. We’ll hear Hall as a leader, in a duo setting with Ron Carter, and with Paul Desmond, and the Chico Hamilton Quintet; and Wilson is featured on solo albums and with Tom Harrell, and Steve Turre. Plus new music from Jerome Jennings and Christian Sands (who both worked with Christian McBride), vibes player Behn Gillece, and the Bill Charlap Trio.

Tuesday 12.5.17

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to mark Walt Disney’s birthday with jazz versions of songs from Disney films – including music from the new Jazz Loves Disney 2 album, Dave Brubeck’s Dave Digs Disney album, the Jazz Network’s Beauty and the Beast album of Disney music and more. It’s also the birthday of two acclaimed Italian pianists Enrico Pieranunzi and Stefano Bollani, and of saxophonist Corey Weeds and Night Train has music from all three, including Weeds’ new album featuring jazz versions of songs from Earth, Wind & Fire.

Wednesday 12.6.17

Birthdays of tenor player and jazz oboe pioneer Bob Cooper, bassists Harvie S and Miroslav Vitous, and the legendary pianist Dave Brubeck (including an early recording with his Octet, a later version of “Take Five,” and a Jazz Profiles special in hour two). Plus new music from singer Stacey Kent, flutist Nestor Torres and guitarist Corey Christiansen.

Thursday 12.7.17

Night Train highlights some new standards tonight – include a Willie Dixon classic by Hank Crawford, Freddy Cole “Singing the Blues,” an Aretha Franklin hit done by the Brad Goode Quartet,  Ben Flocks doing Dylan, Dave Stryker and David Fathead Newman with Curtis Mayfield covers, and a Stevie Wonder tune from Theo Croker. Plus jazz legends Stanley Turrentine, Charlie Haden and Ahmad Jamal.

Album Cover Art

  1. Vincent Herring – Hard Times (Smoke Sessions)


  1. Christian McBride Big Band – Bringin’ It (Mack Avenue)
  1. Pat Martino – Formidable (High Note)
  1. Johnny O’Neal – In the Moment (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Cory Weds – Let’s Groove: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire (Cellar Live)
  1. Cecile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)
  1. Roswell Rudd – Embrace (Rare Noise)
  1. Behn Gillece – Walk of Fire (Posi-Tone)
  1. Ben Allison – Layers of the City (Sonic Camera)
  1. Bill Charlap Trio – Uptown, Downtown (Impulse)

KMUW Music marks the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, December 5 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for a variety of unusual renditions and iconic songs from Disney films.

Monday 11.27.17

Night Train marks the birthdays of pianist Jacky Terrasson, trumpeter Randy Brecker, composer and bandleader Maria Schneider and for Jimi Hendrix’ birthday a cover of one of his songs from the Hudson lineup with John Scofield. Also new music from Pat Martino, Ben Allison and Behn Gillece, and in hour two for the cool jazz singers feature, a special with singer and pianist John Proulx.

Tuesday 11.28.17

Birthday salutes on Night Train tonight for singer Ethel Ennis, saxophonists Gigi Gryce and Gato Barbieri, and bassist Dennis Irwin (with John Scofield’s band). Plus new music from Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge,  and pianist Danny Grissett, and for the November cool jazz singers feature, a special in hour two featuring singer Madeleine Peyroux.

Wednesday 11.29.17

Birthday artists featured tonight on the Night Train include drummers Adam Nussbaum and Billy Hart, pianist and composer Billy Strayhorn, and Crescent City trad jazz clarinet master Dr. Michael White – who is also featured in a Music Inside Out special in hour two of the show. Plus the latest from the Tardo Hammer Trio, Verve Jazz Ensemble, and Houston Person.

Thursday 11.30.17

Night Train wraps up the November Cool Jazz Singers feature with singers from the Stan Kenton Orchestra, home to several of the vocalists who helped shape that sound. We’ll hear orchestra and solo recordings from Chris Connor, June Christy, Kay Brown, Ann Richards, and Anita O’Day, plus Kenton tribute albums, and in hour two of the show, a Jazz Profiles special on Anita O’Day.

Monday 11.20.17

It’s a coolsome twosome tonight on the Night Train with two of the best of the cool jazz singers, the November feature on the show. It’s the birthday of June Christy and Night Train will highlight music from her with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and on popular albums under her own name. The show also features music of Chet Baker, whose early recordings epitomized the male cool jazz vocal style.  We’ll hear music from Baker, Baker tribute albums from Luciana Souza, John Proulx and June Bisantz, and in the second hour, a special with more music from Baker and a conversation with his biographer, James Gavin.

Tuesday 11.21.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday Dr. John. The show focuses on the jazz side of the Crescent City legend, including albums he did in tribute to Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, a guest appearance with Hank Crawford, and his work as part of the Bluesiana Triangle with David “Fathead” Newman and Art Blakey – plus a Dr. John Special in hour two of the show. Plus music from Coleman Hawkins for his birthday and the latest from singer Barbara Morrison, saxophonist Vincent Herring, and guitarist George Freeman.

Wednesday 11.22.17

Night Train marks the birthday of pianist, composer, singer and film star Hoagy Carmichael with songs from him and covers of his classics from Luciana Souza, Rahsaan Barber, and Brianna Thomas – plus a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show.

Thursday 11.23.17

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Thanksgiving with a menu packed with musical goodies all about food – from the turkey and sweet potatoes to a host of holiday desserts.

KMUW Music is celebrating Thanksgiving with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, November 23 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu: Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

The annual Thanksgiving celebration continues on Strange Currency with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

Monday 11.13.17

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the most recorded and sampled drummers in jazz, Idris Muhammad, with music he did with John Scofield, the Chartbusters, Ahmad Jamal and more. It’s also the birthday of guitarist Chris Flory, pianist Hampton Hawes, and singer Janet Lawson. Night Train also highlights new releases tonight from Gerald Cannon, Tom Harrell, the Bill Charlap Trio and the Audrey Ochoa Trio.

Tuesday 11.14.17

Night Train marks birthdays of two talented pianists – George Cables and Ellis Marsalis (including a special in hour two with Marsalis discussing his music, work as an influential New Orleans educator, and favorite musicians) – plus more Cool Jazz Singers for the November feature (including music from June Christy’s classic album, Something Cool), and the latest from Sherman Irby.

Wednesday 11.15.17

Night Train celebrates the birthday of guitarist Kevin Eubanks (from the Tonight Show Band) with music he did as a leader, and Dave Holland and Joey DeFrancesco. Plus Richie Cole’s new Latin jazz set, and the latest from flutist Gerald Beckett, singer Johnny O’Neal, guitarist Corey Christiansen, and pianist Ahmad Jamal.

Thursday 11.16.17

Night Train marks the birthday of popular singer Diana Krall with music from across her career and a special with Krall as a special guest in hour two of the show. Plus more Cool Jazz Singers for the November feature, including Julie London and Tierney Sutton, and new music from the Peter Erskine New Trio, Kyle Eastwood (Clint’s son), Steve Hobbs and Roswell Rudd.

Monday 11.6.17

The saxophone has seldom found a better musical home than in jazz. Tonight Night Train features great jazz saxophonists in honor of the birthday of Adolphe Sax, the man who invented the instrument in 1840. The show features music from and in tribute to some of jazz saxophone legends, including Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Benny Carter and Charlie Parker, including a special with Bird biographer Phil Schapp in hour two of the show.

Throughout the week Night Train also pays tribute to Muhal Richard Abrahms, who passed away last week, and highlights new releases from saxophonists Vincent Herring, Walt Weiskopf, and Dave Liebman with Joe Lovano.

(Global Village and Strange Currency also celebrate Saxophone Day tonight.)

Tuesday 11.7.17

Night Train joins Strange Currency in celebrating the birthday of Joni Mitchell with some jazz versions on her songs and a special in hour two of the show featuring Tierney Sutton around the time of her Mitchell tribute album, After Blue. Also a centennial birthday salute to Howard Rumsey, who steered the influential West Coast cool jazz Lighthouse All-Stars, and more in this week’s remembrance of Muhal Richard Abrams with music from one of his last recordings, a live set with legendary drummer Jack De Johnette.

Wednesday 11.8.17

It’s the birthday of Chris Connor, one of leading ‘cool jazz’ singers and part of the Night Train November feature. Tonight it’s music from across Chris Connor’s career, from a signature tune she recorded early in her career with Stan Kenton, through classic recordings, and music from one of a trilogy of final recordings she did in the early 2000s. It’s also the birthday of guitarist Russell Malone, clarinetist Don Byron, and drummer Eric Harland. Night Train also continues its weeklong tribute to Muhal Richard Abrahms with a rare track he recorded with Woody Shaw, and features new music from Pat Martino, the Christian McBride Big Band, Cecile McLorin Salvant and more.

Thursday 11.9.17

Night Train highlights classic and contemporary male jazz vocalists tonight – including legendary singers Joe Williams, Chet Baker, Charles Brown, Nat Cole and Mark Murphy – along with the latest releases from Gregory Porter, Johnny O’Neal, Till Bronner, and Mark Winkler. Also tonight – the Godfathers of Groove, Cory Weeds’ salute to Earth Wind & Fire, the Latin jazz families of Chucho Valdes and Arturo O’Farrill, and bassist, singer, composer and band leader Katie Thiroux.