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.    George & Chico Freeman - All in the Family (Southport)

2.    Charlie Haden/Gonzalo Rubalcaba - Tokyo Adagio (Impulse)

3.    Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions)

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

5.    Katie Thiroux - Introducing (Green Gig Music)

6.    Kenny Werner - The Melody (Pirouet)

7.    Bob Mintzer Big Band - Get Up (MCG Jazz)

8.    Eddie Henderson - Collective Portrait (Smoke Sessions)

Monday 8.31.15

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Van Morrison’s 70th birthday, highlighting some of the many jazz-inspired recordings he’s done throughout his career. Plus a final fling with flutes, the August feature, with both classic tracks and new releases featuring the instrument – and new music from pianists Donald Vega and Jeb Patton, singers Mark Winkler and Sarah Partridge, guitarist Dave Stryker, and bassist Charlie Haden with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Monday 8.24.15

Night Train highlights several major new jazz vocal albums tonight – from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Carter Calvert and Giacomo Gates. Plus more jazz flutes – this time from key jazz flute players Charles Lloyd, Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, and Yusef Lateef - and birthday salutes to Wynonnie Harris (his 100th birthday today –also featured throughout August on Crossroads), guitarist Mimi Fox, and saxophonist Ron Holloway.

Tuesday 8.25.15

Monday, August 17

New music from Robert Glasper, jazz flute from Rahsaan Roland Kirk (for this month's feature), a birthday celebration for bassist George Duvivier, and a Jazz Profiles special in the second half of the show on the great pianist Bill Evans, whose birthday was yesterday.

Tuesday, August 18

New music from Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas, as well as Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba, plus Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker.

Wednesday, August 19

Monday 8.10.15

More jazz flute for the Night Train August feature – this time from Herbie Mann, Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, and a man regarded as the first true jazz flutist – Wayman Carver. Plus birthday celebrations for rising star singers Roberta Donnay and Cyrille Aimee, and soulful Texas tenor Arnett Cobb; and new music from the Steve Gadd Band, bassists Mark Egan and Katie Thiroux, organist Jared Gold, and trumpeter Terell Stafford.

Tuesday 8.11.15

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Monday 8.3.15

It’s vibes and vocalists tonight on the Night Train with vibes players Gary Burton, Bobby Hutcherson, Milt Jackson, and Dave Samuels, and singers Curtis Stigers, Rene Marie and Abbey Lincoln – plus the double-Grammy winning album from Corea, Clarke & White, and sounds of the Crescent City from Ellis Marsalis, Johnny Adams, and Jelly Roll Morton.

  Tuesday 8.4.15

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1.    George & Chico Freeman - All in the Family (Southport)

2.    Ben Williams - Coming of Age (Concord)

3.    Dana Landry Quartet - Standard Elevation (Dana Landry)

4.    Charenee Wade - Offering (Motema)

5.    Pearl Django - Time Flies (Modern Hot)

6.    Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble - Circulation (Planet Arts)

7.    Cory Weeds - Condition Blue (Cellar Live)

8.    Joshua Breakstone - 2nd Avenue (Capri)

  Monday 7.27.15

Night Train marks birthdays of Kansas City singing star Karrin Allyson, Latin jazz pianist Edward Simon, and adventurous guitarist Joel Harrison. Plus more from July featured artists Ahmad Jamal and Nina Simone, and new music from bassists Ben Williams and Lee Smith, the Dana Landry Quartet, Robert Glasper, and Charles McPherson.

  Tuesday 7.28.15

Monday 7.20.15

Tonight on the Night Train, jazz-inspired albums from Van Morrison and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, solo projects from two Manhattan Transfer singers – Cheryl Bentyne and Janis Siegel, jazz giants Stan Getz and Dave Brubeck, pianists Ahmad Jamal (the July featured artist) and Brad Mehldau, and tributes to Thelonious Monk from Claire Daly and to Stevie Wonder from Yoron Israel.

Tuesday 7.21.15

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Monday 7.13.15

Night Train continues with more music from July featured artists Ahmad Jamal and Nina Simone; showcases new tribute albums from Cory Weeds (Jackie McLean), Jose James (Billie Holiday), Terrell Stafford (Lee Morgan), Charenee Wade (Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson) and Harry Allen (George Gershwin, Cole Porter & Duke Ellington); and marks the birthday of popular bassist Leroy Vinnegar – with music he did as a leader and with Sonny Rollins, Red Garland, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, and Les McCann & Eddie Harris at Montreux.