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 12.12.16

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

Monday 12.5.16

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to mark the birthday of Walt Disney with jazz versions of songs from Disney films performed by Dave Brubeck, Peggy Lee, The Jazz Networks, Esperanza Spalding and more. Plus birthday salutes to saxophonist Cory Weeds and pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, and new releases from Erroll Garner, Bill Evans, the Mike Jones Trio, and Dave Stryker.

Tuesday 12.6.16

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


  1. Nat King Cole – The Complete US and UK Hits 1942-62 (Acrobat)


  1. Macy Gray – Stripped (Chesky)


  1. Mike LeDonne – That Feelin’ (Savant)


  1. Dave Stryker – Eight Track II I (StrikeZone)


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



More for this month's feature celebrating the 90th birthday of saxophone player Lou Donaldson, including work he did with Cifford Brown, plus South African legend Hugh Masakela and some classics from Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith and Sonny Rollins among others.


Monday 11.21.16

Night Train marks birthdays of Crescent City favorite Dr. John (including music from the new Musical Mojo album and from his salute to Johnny Mercer) and one of the giants of the jazz tenor sax, Coleman Hawkins (including a Hawkins special in hour two of the show). Plus November featured artist Lou Donaldson, Mose Allison, and the latest from pianist Dan Cray.

Tuesday 11.22.16

Monday 11.14.16

Night Train marks birthdays of two acclaimed pianists George Cables (with music from his new Cables Songbook album) and Ellis Marsalis (including a special in hour two of the show). Plus music from November featured artist Lou Donaldson and a cover of one of his classic compositions by Texas bluesman Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, and a reissue of Milt Jackson’s classic Sunflower album.

Tuesday 11.15.16

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Monday 11.7.16

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of acclaimed singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell. Night Train highlights jazz versions of some of her classic songs from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Karrin Allyson, Diana Krall, Pat Martino with Cassandra Wilson, Tierney Sutton and more, along with a track from Mitchell’s Mingus album,  and in hour two, a special devoted to her classic album, Blue.

Tuesday 11.8.16

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  1. Bill Evans – Some Other Time (Resonance)


  1. John Scofield – Country for Old Men (Impulse)


  1. One for All – The Third Decade (Smoke Sessions)


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


  1. Cyrus Chestnut – Natural Essence (High Note)


  1. Nels Cline – Lovers (Blue Note)


Monday 10.31.16

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency for a full evening of music tricks and treats, ghosts and goblins, and lots of spirited and scary sounds.

Tuesday 11.1.16

Monday 10.24.16

It’s another Monday Night at the Movies tonight on the Night Train, joining Global Village and Strange Currency every Monday night this month to highlight film related music. Tonight it’s film noir – with music from these post-war dark classics performed by Gerry Mulligan, Dmitri Matheny and the Jazz at the Movies Band – and a special in hour two exploring the scores of film noirs.

Tuesday 10.25.16