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 5.9.16

Night Train highlights new albums from jazz guitarists Ed Cherry, John Hart, Randy Napoleon, Andy Brown and Peter Bernstein; marks birthdays of guitarist Anthony Wilson and pianist/vocalist Tania Maria; and continues with more music from May featured artist Carla Bley (this time with covers of her compositions from both John McLaughlin and Gary Burton).

Tuesday 5.10.16

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1.          Bill Charlap Trio – Notes from New York (Impulse)

2.          Ed Cherry – Soultree (Posi-Tone)

3.          Joe Chambers – Landscapes (Savant)

4.          Charles Lloyd & the Marvels - I Long to See You (Blue Note)

5.          Herlin Riley - New Direction (Mack Avenue)

6.          Mike Freeman ZonaVibe - Blue Tjade (VOF)

7.          Christian Tamburr - People Talk (Christian Tamburr)

8.          Freddy Cole – He Was the King (High Note)

Monday 5.2.16

Night Train kicks off the May feature, celebrating the 80th birthday of pianist, composer, arranger and band leader Carla Bley - plus salutes to lyricist Lorenz Hart, drummer Will Kennedy, and organist Groove Holmes, all of whom were born on this date. And new music from Sarah Vaughan, the Yellowjackets, Peter Erskine, Chester Thompson, and more.

Tuesday 5.3.16

Monday 4.25.16

Tonight on the Night Train, birthday salutes to drummer Carl Allen, and ‘The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald, including a Jazz Profiles special featuring Ella in hour two of the show. Also a new release featuring music from one of Phil Woods’ last performances, and singer Mary Stallings’ cover of one of April featured artist Benny Carter’s most popular songs.

Tuesday 4.26.16

Monday 4.18.16

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train to pianist Hal Galper, drummer Danny Gottlieb, and Texas bluesman Gatemouth Brown (including a special in hour two of the show, Clarence Gatemouth Brown at the Fur Peace Ranch). Also music from April featured artist Benny Carter with Sarah Vaughan, from newly named Guggenheim fellow Wayne Shorter, and from new releases by guitarist Russell Malone, and saxophonists Charles Lloyd and Phil Woods.

Tuesday 4.19.16

Monday 4.11.16

Lots of clarinets tonight on the Night Train, with music from bebop clarinet pioneer Buddy DeFranco and contemporary artists including Dr. Michael White, Anat Cohn, Ken Peplowski, David Murray, and Paquito D’Rivera. Plus the Ted Rosenthal Trio’s remarkable reinvention of “Rhapsody in Blue,” Jane Ira Bloom’s surprising ballad project Sixteen Sunsets, and the jazz side of Ray Charles

Tuesday 4.12.16

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1.          Herlin Riley - New Direction (Mack Avenue)

2.          Charles Lloyd & the Marvels - I Long to See You (Blue Note)

3.          Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, La Orquesta Sinfonietta - Canto America (Patois)

4.          Christian Tamburr - People Talk (Christian Tamburr)

5.          Bill O'Connell & the Latin Jazz All-Stars - Heart Beat (Savant)

6.          Kim Nalley - Blues People (Kim Nalley)

7.          Mike Freeman ZonaVibe - Blue Tjade (VOF)

8.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

With any luck, the current interest in Cuba will also draw more attention to Cuban music, one of that country's best and most reliable exports for several centuries now. In recent decades, another reliable Cuban export has been people, including some remarkable musicians who now call America home.

Monday 3.28.16

Night Train highlights tribute albums (Roseanna Vitro with the music of Clare Fischer, Laurie Antonioli’s celebration of Joni Mitchell, and the Dave Liebman Big Band playing the music of Wayne Shorter) along with a number of great jazz saxophonists - including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollin, Stan Getz, Hank Crawford, and Cannonball Adderley.

Tuesday 3.29.16

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Monday 3.21.16

Night Train starts the week with more music from March featured artist -- the critically acclaimed tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano -- showcasing his versatility with music from him both as a leader and guesting with vocalist and songwriter Bob Dorough, on a symphonic project from guitarist Jim Hall, and in Conrad Herwig’s The Latin Side of Joe Henderson.