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. Dejohnette, Goldings, Medeski, Scofield – Hudson (Motema)
  1. Peter Erskine New Trio – In Praise of Shadows (Fuzzy Music)
  1. Ben Allison – Layers of the City (Sonic Camera)
  1. Louis Hayes – Serenade for Horace (Blue Note)
  1. Ahmad Jamal – Marseille (Jazz Village)
  1. Chick Corea – The Musician (Concord)
  1. Akiko Tsuruga – So Cute, So Bad (AT Records)
  1. Jaco Pastorius – Truth, Liberty and Soul (Resonance)
  1. Katie Thiroux – Off Beat (Capri)
  1. Akiko Tsuruga – So Cute, So Bad (AT)
  1. Audrey Ochoa Trio – After Thought (Chronograph)
  1. Mike Longo Trio – Only Time Will Tell (CAP)
  1. Harold Mabern – To Love and Be Loved (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Steve Nelson – Brothers Under the Sun (High Note)
  1. Cory Weeds & the Jeff Hamilton Trio – Dreamsville (Cellar Live)
  1. Bill Cunliffe – BACHanalia (Metro)
  1. Pete Malinverni Trio – Heaven (Saranac)
  1. Jazzmeia Horn – A Social Call (Concord)
  1. Bill O’Connell – Monk’s Cha Cha (Savant)
  1. Oregon – Lantern (Cam Jazz)
  1. Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano – Compassion (Resonance)
  1. Russell Malone – Time for the Dancers (High Note)
  1. Bria Skonberg – With a Twist (OKeh)
  1. Barbara Morrison – I Wanna Be Loved (Savant)
  1. New Vision Sax Ensemble – Musical Journey Through Time (Zaki)
  1. Terry Gibbs – 92 Years Young (Whaling City Sound)
  1. Mark Murphy – Wild and Free (High Note)
  1. Afrobop Alliance Big Band – Revelation (OA2)
  1. Bobby Watson – Made in America (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Various – The Passion of Charlie Parker (Impulse)
  1. Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet – Thick as Thieves (Jazzed Media)
  1. Tardo Hammer trio – Swinging on a Star (Cellar Live)
  1. Christian Sands – Reach (Mack Avenue)
  1. Billy Childs – Rebirth (Mack Avenue)
  1. John Pizzarelli – Sinatra and Jobim at 50 (Concord)
  1. Stanton Moore – With You in Mind (Cool Green)
  1. Steve Davis – Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Mark Winkler – The Company I Keep (Mark Winkler)
  1. Spike Wilner Trio – Odalisque (Cellar Live)
  1. Leigh Pilzer – Strunkin’ (Leigh Pilzer)

KMUW Music is celebrating Trinidad Independence Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency, and Night Train on Thursday, August 31 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village will be celebrating  the Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago with music from the dual-island nation, including steel drum music from Amoco Renegades and Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, such early calypsonians as the Tiger, Lord Executor and Wilmoth Houdini, and outspoken contemporary soca artists like David Rudder and Calypso Rose.

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Monday 8.28.17

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the rising stars of jazz, Cecile McLorin Salvant, with a special preview of her new double-album set due out at the end of September, Dreams and Daggers – plus a special performance from the talented vocalist from the Savannah Music Festival. The show also marks birthdays of guitarist Nate Najar, and of keyboardist Larry Goldings (including music he did with August featured artist Jack DeJohnette). There’s also music from DeJohnette with guitarist John Abercrombie, who passed away last week. Night Train will devote the entire show Wednesday night to the music of John Abercrombie.

Tuesday 8.29.17

Night Train marks birthdays of two jazz greats – legendary bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker and singer Dinah Washington. Plus more from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette with Special Edition and Gateway, and new music from The Passion of Charlie Parker, Matt Otto with Ensemble Iberica, and the Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet.

Wednesday 8.30.17

Night Train pays tribute to guitarist John Abercrombie, who passed away last week. We’ll hear music he did with August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, from his first album under his own name, and from projects he did as a leader and as a guest from across his five-decade-long career , including appearances with Ethel Ennis, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Dr. Lonnie Smith and more.

Thursday 8.31.17

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago with calypso and steel drum inspired jazz from Phil Hawkins, Andy Narell, Jaco Pastorius, the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band and Monty Alexander’s Ivory and Steel. Plus music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, and birthday salutes to Wilton Felder of the Crusaders and Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia.

Monday 8.21.17

Night Train marks birthdays of legendary Kansas City band leader Count Basie, drummer Leon Parker and trumpeter Art Farmer – continues with more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock) – and highlights new music from the Pete Malinverni Trio, pianist Harold Mabern and the chamber jazz group Oregon.

Tuesday 8.22.17

Night Train joins Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the centennial birthday of John Lee Hooker. We’ll hear music from across his career, including selections with special guests Miles Davis, Charles Brown, Van Morrison and Booker T. Jones. Plus some jazz reinterpretations of Debussy for his birthday, more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Miles Davis, Hudson, Ralph Towner, Michael Brecker and the Standards Trio), and new releases from Ben Allison, Billy Childs, and Mark Murphy

(NOTE: Crossroads is featuring John Lee Hooker for his centennial birthday throughout August.)

Wednesday 8.22.17

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Brad Mehldau with music he did as a leader, as a guest with Joshua Redman, Warren Wolf, Pat Metheny and Dayna Stephens, and on the first recording he appeared on headed up by saxophonist Christopher Hollyday. It’s also the birthday of Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal  and we’ll hear him along with August featured artist Jack DeJohnette.

Thursday 8.24.17

Some tough tenors on tap tonight on the Night Train, including Sonny Rollins, Ernie Watts, Anton Schwartz, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins with Ben Webster, and John Coltrane with Duke Ellington. Also music from singers Roseanna Vitro, Vanessa Rubin and Tierney Sutton, and from guitarists John Scofield, John McLaughlin and Steve Khan.

Monday 8.14.17

Night Train marks birthdays of soul jazz organist Tony Monaco, singer Lorez Alexandria, pianist and songwriter Ben Sidran, and pianist and vocalist Jeannie Cheatham. Plus more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, with two trios – the Gateway lineup with John Abercrombie and Dave Holland, and the ‘Standards Trio’ with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock – and new music from Bria Skonberg, Kevin Eubanks, Louis Hayes, Barbara Morrison, and a previously unreleased live performance from the Wynton Kelly Trio with Wes Montgomery.

Tuesday 8.15.17

Night Train celebrates birthdays of drummer Stix Hooper of the Crusaders and jazz piano great Oscar Peterson tonight. There’s also more from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, including music with the ‘Standards Trio’ with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock – and new music from organist Akiko Tsuruga, a previously unreleased live set from Jaco Pastorius, and the debut release from award-winning singer and rising star Jazzmeia Horn.

Wednesday 8.16.17

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train for Ellington band vocalist Al Hibbler, legendary pianist Bill Evans, singer Mary Stalings and drummer Cecil Brooks III. We’ll also hear August featured artist Jack DeJohnette on the only studio recording he did with Bill Evans, which was just released in the last year, and there’s new music from the New Vision Sax Ensemble, Uptown Jazz Tentet, Katie Thiroux and John Pizzarelli’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the album that brought together Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Thursday 8.17.17

More birthday celebrations in store tonight on the Night Train – for soul jazz tenor man Ike Quebec, hard bop pianist and composer Duke Pearson, vibes player Cecilia Smith, and Sam Butera – leader of the band that back Louis Prima. We’ll also hear August featured artist Jack DeJohnette as a special guest with Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, and new music from pianists Ahmad Jamal and Mike Longo and trombonist Audrey Ochoa.

Monday 8.7.17

Night Train begins a week long tribute to guitarist, composer, band leader and session player Chuck Loeb, who passed away at the end of July, including music tonight from one of his last solo albums. Plus music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Herbie Hancock); birthday salutes to pianist Marcus Roberts (including a performance at the Savannah Music Festival), hornman Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and seven-string guitar pioneer George Van Eps; and new albums from Amanda Monaco, Tarek Yamani, Dave Liebman with Joe Lovano, and Russell Malone.

Tuesday 8.8.17

Night Train continues the August Jack DeJohnette feature with music he did as part of the Gateway trio with Dave Holland and John Abercrombie, and continues a week-long remembrance of guitarist Chuck Loeb with music tonight from his stint with Steps Ahead. Also tonight birthday tributes to saxophonist and composer Benny Carter, and blues-jazz singer Jimmy Witherspoon.

Wednesday 8.9.17

Today is the 75th birthday of August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, the acclaimed drummer who has worked with a who’s who of jazz artists - from his early work with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis, though a series of impressive groups of his own and scores of guest appearances, to his latest project as part of the Hudson jazz supergroup. In a special show devoted to his music, we’ll hear him with George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, the Standards Trio, McCoy Tyner, Hudson and more – and in hour two, a special about his groundbreaking work with Miles Davis.

Thursday 8.10.17

Night Train wraps up a week-long tribute to guitarist and composer Chuck Loeb with music he did as a leader and with both Stan Getz and Jim Hall. Plus more from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, this time with the Trio Beyond lineup with Larry Goldings and John Scofield. And birthday salutes to hard bop tenor man Arnett Cobb and also Philly Hammond B3 player Trudy Pitts, who is featured in a special in hour two of the show.

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  1. Ahmad Jamal – Marseille (Jazz Village)

 

  1. DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield – Hudson (Motema)
  1. Louis Hayes – Serenade for Horace (Blue Note)
  1. Peter Erskine New Trio – In Praise of Shadows (Fuzzy Music)
  1. Ben Allison – Layers of the City (Sonic Camera)
  1. Chick Corea – The Musician (Concord)
  1. Steve Nelson – Brothers Under the Sun (High Note)
  1. Diana Krall – Turn Up the Quiet (Verve)
  1. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  1. Akiko Tsuruga – So Cute, So Bad (AT Records)
  1. Jaco Pastorius – Truth, Liberty and Soul (Resonance)
  1. Organissimo – B3tles (Big O)
  1. Afrobop Alliance Big Band – Revelation (OA2)
  1. Cory Weeds & the Jeff Hamilton Trio – Dreamsville (Cellar Live)
  1. Eliane Elias – Dance of Time (Concord)
  1. Bill O’Connell – Monk’s Cha Cha (Savant)
  1. Oregon – Lantern (Cam Jazz)
  1. Mike Longo Trio – Only Time Will Tell (CAP)
  1. Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano – Compassion (Resonance)
  1. Joe Alterman – Comin’ Home to You (Joe Alterman)
  1. Eric Alexander – Second Impression (High Note)
  1. Joey DeFrancesco + the People – Project Freedom (Mack Avenue)
  1. Jowee Omicil – Let’s Bash (Jazz Village)
  1. Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People – Weather or Not (Whaling City Sound)
  1. Spike Wilner Trio – Odalisque (Cellar Live)
  1. Bill Cunliffe – BACHanalia (Metro)
  1. Trio Ivoire – Desert Pulse (Intuition)
  1. Tony Allen – A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note)
  1. Stanton Moore – With You in Mind (Cool Green)
  1. Jazzmeia Horn – A Social Call (Concord)
  1. Kevin Eubanks – East West Time Line (Mack Avenue)
  1. Claire Daly – 2648 West Grand Boulevard (Glass Beach Jazz)
  1. Leigh Pilzer – Strunkin’ (Leigh Pilzer)
  1. Bobby Watson – Made in America (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)
  1. Mark Murphy – Wild and Free (High Note)
  1. Heads of State – Four in One (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Steve Davis – Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Uptown Jazz Tentet – There It Is (Irrabagast)
  1. Mark Winkler – The Company I Keep (Mark Winkler)

Monday 7.31.17

Night Train wraps up the July feature with music from Dr. Lonnie Smith and also other contemporary jazz organists who offer a modern take on the classic soul jazz sound or take off in adventurous new approaches jazz organ. Among the artists featured are Larry Young, the Organik Vibe Trio, Ed Cherry (with organist Kyle Koehler), Will Bernard (with organist Brian Charette), Dave Anderson (with organist Pat Bianchi), the James Carter Organ Trio, and the Funky Organics.

Tuesday 8.1.17

Night Train kicks off the August feature celebrating the 75th birthday of Jack DeJohnette with a program devoted to his music. In hour one we’ll hear music he did as a leader, with the Gateway and Standards trios, as part of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, and as a special guest with Chick Corea and Christian McBride. Then in hour two, it’s an Artworks special done around the time he was named an NEA Jazz Master, featuring DeJohnette talking about his life and career, along with more music from the legendary jazz drummer.

Wednesday 8.2.17

Night Train has another ‘Give the Drummer Some’ show devoted to some great classic and contemporary jazz drummers – including August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Miles Davis and on the new supergroup Hudson release), along with Stanton Moore, Paul Wertico, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Roy Haynes, Louis Hayes, Mel Lewis, Matt Wilson and more.

Thursday 8.3.17

Night Train marks birthdays of singers Tony Bennett and Eddie Jefferson, continues with more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Michael Brecker, Eliane Elias and Terje Rypdal), and features new music from vibes player Steve Nelson, pianist Bill O’Connell, and bassist Ben Allison.

Monday 7.17.17

Tonight’s Night Train is devoted to a special full-length audio documentary, Vince Guaraldi – The Story of Dr. Funk, to mark the birthday of the popular West Coast pianist and composer for his birthday. Actually, it wasn’t funk, but west coast cool and Latin jazz that put Vince Guaraldi on the map. That and the breezy and engaging music he did for all of the Peanuts television specials right up until his sudden death in 1976. Guaraldi's story woven together with music and interviews with his biographer Derrick Bang, a number of musicians including former bandmates Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly, and Peanuts television co-creator and the man who brought Guaraldi into that project, Lee Mendelson. 

Tuesday 7.18.17

Night Train marks the birthday of jazz-influenced British blues rock and jazz fusion organist Brian Auger with music from across his career in hour one, and a special live performance in hour two of the show.

Plus more from July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith, including a tribute album the organist did to Jimi Hendrix, Organissimo’s new tribute to the Beatles, and the latest from guitarists Steve Khan and former Wichitan Greg Skaff.

Wednesday 7.19.17

Night Train highlights pianists tonight – including a rare track with July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith on piano; new albums from pianists Chick Corea, Hans Ludemann, Yoko Miwa, Spike Wilner, and Mike Longo; and classics from Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Joanne Brackeen and Marian McPartland. Also featured tonight the latest albums from Louis Hayes, the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, the Peter Erskine New Trio and Ben Allison.

Thursday 7.20.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the 70th birthday of Carlos Santana – with some of his Latin jazz fusion work in hour one, and a special, Carlos Santana -Multidimensional Warrior – in hour two of the show. Plus more from July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith, a previously unreleased live performance from Jaco Pastorius, the latest from Ray Mantilla and Oregon, and a couple of little gems in music from Quartet San Francisco and Marc Johnson.

Monday 7.10.17

Night Train kicks off a week-long salute to the NEA Jazz Masters with a special program featuring the 2018 honorees. Each year since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has selected a group of living jazz artists and advocates to honor. They are announced in the summer before and then celebrated with a special tribute concert and more during their fellowship year. The newly named 2018 Masters include guitarist Pat Metheny, singer Dianne Reeves, pianist and composer Joanne Brackeen, and record and concert producer Todd Barkan. Tonight’s Night Train features classic albums, guest appearances, productions and more from all four.

Tuesday 7.11.17

Each year the National Endowment for the Arts picks a group of living jazz artists to honor as NEA Jazz Masters. The honorees for 2017 are singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Dave Holland, pianist Dick Hyman, and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. In a special edition of Night Train tonight as part of NEA Jazz Masters week, music from all four 2017 honorees will be featured  – along with selections from such past NEA Jazz Masters as Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, George Coleman, and Benny Golson.

Wednesday 7.12.17

As part of Night Train’s NEA Jazz Masters Week, a special program tonight devoted to women NEA Jazz Masters. Since 1982 when the NEA program began, over 150 artists have been honored – of them less than two dozen have been women. We’ll highlight music from those honorees – both singers and instrumentalists – including Ella Fitzgerald (the first woman NEA Jazz Master); singers Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Abbey Lincoln, Sarah Vaughan, and Dee Dee Bridgewater; trombonist Melba Liston (one of the first female instrumentalists named a Jazz Master); pianists Carla Bley, Marian McPartland, and newly named 2018 Jazz Master (along with singer Dianne Reeves) Joanne Brackeen; and more.

Thursday 7.13.17

Night Train wraps up its NEA Jazz Masters Week with a program devoted to July featured artist and 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith. With hear music from throughout his career – from one of his earliest Blue Note releases to his last album, Evolution, which marked his return to that famed jazz label. Also guest appearances with Lou Donaldson, George Benson, Javon Jackson and more – and a special in hour two featuring more of his classic tracks and the story behind one of his best known songs, “Move Your Hand.”

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