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. Catherine Russell- Harlem on My Mind (Jazz Village)

2. Tom Harrell – Something Gold, Something Blue (High Note)

3. Abbey Lincoln – Love Having You Around (High Note)

4. Shirley Horn – Live at the 4 Queens (Resonance)

5. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 – Soul Jazz Fridays (Sunflower Soul)

6. Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau – Nearness (Nonesuch)

7. Steve Slagle – Alto Manhattan (Panorama)

8. Joey Alexander – Countdown (Motema)

Monday 1.30.17

Night Train marks birthdays of vibes and piano Buddy Montgomery (including guest appearances with his brother Wes, the Riverside Reunion Band and Bobby Hutcherson), soul jazz organist Hank Marr, and jazz oud pioneer Ahmed Abdul Malik. Plus more of the Best of 2016 as we wrap up the January feature – this time from Abbey Lincoln, Charles Lloyd, and Herlin Riley, along with Grammy nominees Willie Nelson and Trio da Paz.

Tuesday 1.31.17

Monday 1.16.17

Night Train steps aside for two special programs in honor of Dr. King Day. In the first hour, a Night Lights special highlights jazz tributes to Dr. King from Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Mary Lou Williams and more. Then in hour two of the show, it’s a Blues and Beyond special with music from Dr. Billy Taylor, Paul Robson, Lucky Peterson, Eric Bibb and more.

(Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train all offer special programming tonight in honor of Dr. King Day.)

Monday 1.2.17 

Night Train highlights guitarists tonight – including Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Calvin Keys, Sheryl Bailey, George Benson (from his debut as leader), the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (from their Guitar Heroes tribute album), and Frank Potenza’s salute to Joe Pass.

Tuesday 1.3.17

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  1. Mike LeDonne – That Feelin’ (Savant)


  1. Shirley Horn – Live at the 4 Queens (Resonance)


  1. Bill Evans – Some Other Time (Resonance)


  1. Erroll Garner – Ready Take One (Octave Music/Legacy)


  1. Revolutionary Snake Ensemble – I Want That Sound! (Innova)


  1. Phil Norman Tentet – Then and Now (Mama)


Monday 12.26.16

Night Train celebrates the birthday of guitarist John Scofield with music from his Gramavision days to his 2016 Country for Old Men album, along with guest appearances with Pat Metheny, Mose Allison, Trio Beyond and Beatlejazz. Plus music from Ahmad Jamal and Nina Simone – both were just announced last week as Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients – and new release from The Bad Plus, Erroll Garner, and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra.

Tuesday 12.27.16

Night Train | Best of 2016

Monday 12.19.16

Night Train kicks off a week of holiday music and specials with two Joy to the World specials featuring pianist Bob Thompson and his band. In hour one, he’s joined by singer (and one of this year’s Grammy nominees) Catherine Russell, and in hour two the guest it’s Heather Masse of the Wailin’ Jennys.

Tuesday 12.20.16

Join us tonight on the Night Train for holiday and seasonal favorites from John Scofield, Ella Fitzgerald, Cyrus Chestnut, Vince Guaraldi, Dave Brubeck, Betty Carter and more.

Monday 12.12.16

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., jazz accordionist Richard Galliano, singer and songwriter (including for Schoolhouse Rock) Bob Dorough, drummer Tony Williams, singer Joe Williams and pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi. Plus new music from Kansas City soul jazz organist Chris Hazelton, teen jazz phenom Joey Alexander, and legendary guitarist Kenny Burrell.

Tuesday 12.13.16