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. On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom by Dennis McNally (Counterpoint)

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Monday 12.22.14

Lots of seasonal favorites on tap tonight on the Night Train, including some Chipmunk and Charlie Brown Christmas songs, along with holiday music from jazz legend Dave Brubeck, pianist Duke Pearson, Paul Zauners Christmas All Stars, and singers Betty Carter and Mary Stallings.

Tuesday 12.23.14

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Monday 12.15.14

Night Train marks birthdays of pianists Barry Harris and Eddie Palmieri, trombonist and Jazz Messenger Curtis Fuller, and Mingus drummer Dannie Richmond. Plus holiday sounds from drummer and WSU alum Matt Wilson, and new music from Latin percussion master Candido and guitarist Bobby Broom.

Tuesday 12.16.14

Monday 12.8.14

Night Train kicks off a week-long feature highlighting this year’s new jazz holiday releases with music from organists Radam Schwartz and Joey DeFrancesco. It’s also the birthday of legendary jazz organist Jimmy Smith - hour one features music he did as a leader and with jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery – then in hour two, it’s a Jazz Profiles special about the life and music of Jimmy Smith.

Tuesday 12.9.14

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1.    Medeski Scofield Martin Wood - Juice (Indirecto)

2.    Kenny Barron/Dave Holland - The Art of Conversation (Impulse)

3.    Charlie Haden/Jim Hall - Charlie Haden/Jim Hall (Impulse)

4.    Richard Galliano - Sentimentale (Resonance)

5.    Freddy Cole - Singing the Blues (High Note)

6.    Conrad Herwig - The Latin Side of Joe Henderson (Half Note)

7.    Ali Jackson - Amalgamations (Sunnyside)

8.    Mike Longo Trio - Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live (CAP)

Monday 12.1.14

Night Train marks World AIDS Day with music from the Red Hot benefit releases and a benefit album from pianist Fred Hersch. Also a birthday salute to influential bassist Jaco Pastorius with music he did as a solo artist, and Weather Report and Joni Mitchell; Chick Corea’s Latin Grammy winning album The Vigil; and new releases from tuba master Bob Stewart, Hungarian saxophonist Viktor Toth, pianist & vocalist Andy Bey, and the duo of Kenny Barron and Dave Holland.

Tuesday 12.2.14

Monday 11.24.14

Night Train celebrates birthdays of two of the Four Brothers (the famous saxophone section in Woody Herman’s Second Herd) – Al Cohn and Serge Chaloff, and features Zoot Sims - a third Brother and longtime musical partner with Al Cohn – in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of pianist Teddy Wilson, and there’s music from him as a solo artist and also with Billie Holiday – and there’s new music from singer and pianist Freddy Cole, and saxophonists Jimmy Greene and Lenny Pickett.

Monday 11.17.14

Night Train marks birthdays of trombonist Roswell Rudd and bassist Ben Allison, and continues with more music for the November saxophone feature, including new music from saxophonist Steve Kaldestad and from James Farm with saxophonist Joshua Redman, along with a classic from Charlie Parker and in hour two of the show, the first of a two part Charlie Parker Jazz Profiles special.

Tuesday 11.18.14

Monday 11.3.14

Some tough tenors on tap tonight on the Night Train, including tenor saxophonists Sonny Rollins, Ernie Watts, Anton Schwartz, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins with Ben Webster, and John Coltrane with Duke Ellington – as Night Train joins in with all the music shows on KMUW this month to feature the saxophone for the bicentennial birthday of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the instrument.  Also new music from Medeski  Scofield Martin & Wood, Tierney Sutton, Elio Villafranca and the Ezra Weiss Sextet.

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1. Charlie Haden/Jim Hall - Charlie Haden/Jim Hall (Impulse)

2. Bobby Broom - My Shining Hour (Origin)

3. John Webber Quartet - Down for the Count (Cellar Live)

4. Theo Croker - Afro Physicist (DDB/OKeh)

5. Cyrus Chestnut - Midnight Melodies (Smoke Sessions)

6. Charlie Apicella & Iron City - Big Boss (Zoho)

7. Oliver Gannon Quartet - Easy Sailing (Cellar Live)

8. Bob Mamet - London House Blues (BluJazz)