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 3.20.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the first day of Spring, with new and classic spring songs from Jazz Fest headliner Pat Metheny with Jim Hall, Larry Coryell with Philip Catherine, Billie Holiday, Bennie Golson, Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Clifford Brown and more. And a birthday salute to pianist, singer and painter Meredith D’Ambrosio, who nearly always includes a song about spring on her albums.

Tuesday 3.21.17

Monday 3.13.17

Night Train marks birthdays of legendary drummer Roy Haynes and trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Blue Mitchell. Plus more music from Wichita Jazz Festival artists for the March feature – including Pat Metheny (guesting with Roy Haynes and Joshua Redman) and also from Sun Ra, the subject of an author event and film at this year’s Fest. Night Train highlights music from a newly released live set from Sun Ra & the Arkestra in hour one, and a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show.

Monday 3.6.17

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of guitar great Wes Montgomery, Brazilian singer Flora Purim, and and ‘The King of Western Swing’ Bob Wills (including a special about Wills in hour two of the show). Plus a previously unreleased live set from guitarist Dennis Coffey, one of the Motown ‘Funk Brothers,’ and new albums from guitarist Steve Khan and trombonist Nick Finzer – and we continue the March Jazz Fest feature with music from drummer Matt Wilson.

Tuesday 3.7.17

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  1. Richie Cole – Richie Cole Plays Ballads and Love Songs (Mark Perna Music)
  1. Steve Slagle – Alto Manhattan (Panorama)
  1. Delfeayo Marsalis – Make American Great Again (Troubadour Jass)
  1. Phil Norman Tentet – Then and Now (Mama)
  1. The Three Sounds – Groovin’ Hard (Resonance)
  1. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 – Soul Jazz Fridays (Sunflower Soul)
  1. Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau – N

Monday 2.27.17

Night Train pays tribute to fusion pioneer and jazz guitar great Larry Coryell with music he did as a leader and guest on albums from across his six-decade long career in hour one - including his first appearance on record with Chico Hamilton on Dealer, the pioneering fusion albums Duster (with Gary Burton), Spaces and Aspects (with the Eleventh House) , acoustic solo and duet projects and more. Then in hour two, a special performance from Coryell and his band in a lively set of originals and standards.

KMUW Music will be celebrating Mardi Gras with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 28 from 7:00 to midnight. 

To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to some carnival hot spots: Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

KMUW Music will be celebrating Presidents' Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Monday, February 20 from 7:00 to midnight. 

Global Village will feature 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 2.13.17

Tonight’s Night Train showcases some classic and contemporary alto saxophone players – including Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Kenny Garrett, Richie Cole and Steve Slagle. Plus new releases featuring singer Abbey Lincoln, organist Joey DeFrancesco, the Three Sounds with pianist Gene Harris, and Emmet Cohen with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb.

Tuesday 2.14.17

KMUW Music will be celebrating the music of love this Valentine's Day. Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 14, for the annual special feature.

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Show times for Tuesday, February 14:

  • 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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