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. Vincent Herring – Hard Times (Smoke Sessions)


  1. Christian McBride Big Band – Bringin’ It (Mack Avenue)
  1. Pat Martino – Formidable (High Note)
  1. Johnny O’Neal – In the Moment (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Cory Weds – Let’s Groove: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire (Cellar Live)
  1. Cecile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)
  1. Roswell Rudd – Embrace (Rare Noise)
  1. Behn Gillece – Walk of Fire (Posi-Tone)
  1. Ben Allison – Layers of the City (Sonic Camera)
  1. Bill Charlap Trio – Uptown, Downtown (Impulse)

KMUW Music marks the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, December 5 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for a variety of unusual renditions and iconic songs from Disney films.

Monday 11.27.17

Night Train marks the birthdays of pianist Jacky Terrasson, trumpeter Randy Brecker, composer and bandleader Maria Schneider and for Jimi Hendrix’ birthday a cover of one of his songs from the Hudson lineup with John Scofield. Also new music from Pat Martino, Ben Allison and Behn Gillece, and in hour two for the cool jazz singers feature, a special with singer and pianist John Proulx.

Tuesday 11.28.17

Birthday salutes on Night Train tonight for singer Ethel Ennis, saxophonists Gigi Gryce and Gato Barbieri, and bassist Dennis Irwin (with John Scofield’s band). Plus new music from Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge,  and pianist Danny Grissett, and for the November cool jazz singers feature, a special in hour two featuring singer Madeleine Peyroux.

Wednesday 11.29.17

Birthday artists featured tonight on the Night Train include drummers Adam Nussbaum and Billy Hart, pianist and composer Billy Strayhorn, and Crescent City trad jazz clarinet master Dr. Michael White – who is also featured in a Music Inside Out special in hour two of the show. Plus the latest from the Tardo Hammer Trio, Verve Jazz Ensemble, and Houston Person.

Thursday 11.30.17

Night Train wraps up the November Cool Jazz Singers feature with singers from the Stan Kenton Orchestra, home to several of the vocalists who helped shape that sound. We’ll hear orchestra and solo recordings from Chris Connor, June Christy, Kay Brown, Ann Richards, and Anita O’Day, plus Kenton tribute albums, and in hour two of the show, a Jazz Profiles special on Anita O’Day.

Monday 11.20.17

It’s a coolsome twosome tonight on the Night Train with two of the best of the cool jazz singers, the November feature on the show. It’s the birthday of June Christy and Night Train will highlight music from her with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and on popular albums under her own name. The show also features music of Chet Baker, whose early recordings epitomized the male cool jazz vocal style.  We’ll hear music from Baker, Baker tribute albums from Luciana Souza, John Proulx and June Bisantz, and in the second hour, a special with more music from Baker and a conversation with his biographer, James Gavin.

Tuesday 11.21.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday Dr. John. The show focuses on the jazz side of the Crescent City legend, including albums he did in tribute to Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, a guest appearance with Hank Crawford, and his work as part of the Bluesiana Triangle with David “Fathead” Newman and Art Blakey – plus a Dr. John Special in hour two of the show. Plus music from Coleman Hawkins for his birthday and the latest from singer Barbara Morrison, saxophonist Vincent Herring, and guitarist George Freeman.

Wednesday 11.22.17

Night Train marks the birthday of pianist, composer, singer and film star Hoagy Carmichael with songs from him and covers of his classics from Luciana Souza, Rahsaan Barber, and Brianna Thomas – plus a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show.

Thursday 11.23.17

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Thanksgiving with a menu packed with musical goodies all about food – from the turkey and sweet potatoes to a host of holiday desserts.

KMUW Music is celebrating Thanksgiving with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, November 23 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu: Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

The annual Thanksgiving celebration continues on Strange Currency with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

Monday 11.13.17

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the most recorded and sampled drummers in jazz, Idris Muhammad, with music he did with John Scofield, the Chartbusters, Ahmad Jamal and more. It’s also the birthday of guitarist Chris Flory, pianist Hampton Hawes, and singer Janet Lawson. Night Train also highlights new releases tonight from Gerald Cannon, Tom Harrell, the Bill Charlap Trio and the Audrey Ochoa Trio.

Tuesday 11.14.17

Night Train marks birthdays of two talented pianists – George Cables and Ellis Marsalis (including a special in hour two with Marsalis discussing his music, work as an influential New Orleans educator, and favorite musicians) – plus more Cool Jazz Singers for the November feature (including music from June Christy’s classic album, Something Cool), and the latest from Sherman Irby.

Wednesday 11.15.17

Night Train celebrates the birthday of guitarist Kevin Eubanks (from the Tonight Show Band) with music he did as a leader, and Dave Holland and Joey DeFrancesco. Plus Richie Cole’s new Latin jazz set, and the latest from flutist Gerald Beckett, singer Johnny O’Neal, guitarist Corey Christiansen, and pianist Ahmad Jamal.

Thursday 11.16.17

Night Train marks the birthday of popular singer Diana Krall with music from across her career and a special with Krall as a special guest in hour two of the show. Plus more Cool Jazz Singers for the November feature, including Julie London and Tierney Sutton, and new music from the Peter Erskine New Trio, Kyle Eastwood (Clint’s son), Steve Hobbs and Roswell Rudd.

Monday 11.6.17

The saxophone has seldom found a better musical home than in jazz. Tonight Night Train features great jazz saxophonists in honor of the birthday of Adolphe Sax, the man who invented the instrument in 1840. The show features music from and in tribute to some of jazz saxophone legends, including Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Benny Carter and Charlie Parker, including a special with Bird biographer Phil Schapp in hour two of the show.

Throughout the week Night Train also pays tribute to Muhal Richard Abrahms, who passed away last week, and highlights new releases from saxophonists Vincent Herring, Walt Weiskopf, and Dave Liebman with Joe Lovano.

(Global Village and Strange Currency also celebrate Saxophone Day tonight.)

Tuesday 11.7.17

Night Train joins Strange Currency in celebrating the birthday of Joni Mitchell with some jazz versions on her songs and a special in hour two of the show featuring Tierney Sutton around the time of her Mitchell tribute album, After Blue. Also a centennial birthday salute to Howard Rumsey, who steered the influential West Coast cool jazz Lighthouse All-Stars, and more in this week’s remembrance of Muhal Richard Abrams with music from one of his last recordings, a live set with legendary drummer Jack De Johnette.

Wednesday 11.8.17

It’s the birthday of Chris Connor, one of leading ‘cool jazz’ singers and part of the Night Train November feature. Tonight it’s music from across Chris Connor’s career, from a signature tune she recorded early in her career with Stan Kenton, through classic recordings, and music from one of a trilogy of final recordings she did in the early 2000s. It’s also the birthday of guitarist Russell Malone, clarinetist Don Byron, and drummer Eric Harland. Night Train also continues its weeklong tribute to Muhal Richard Abrahms with a rare track he recorded with Woody Shaw, and features new music from Pat Martino, the Christian McBride Big Band, Cecile McLorin Salvant and more.

Thursday 11.9.17

Night Train highlights classic and contemporary male jazz vocalists tonight – including legendary singers Joe Williams, Chet Baker, Charles Brown, Nat Cole and Mark Murphy – along with the latest releases from Gregory Porter, Johnny O’Neal, Till Bronner, and Mark Winkler. Also tonight – the Godfathers of Groove, Cory Weeds’ salute to Earth Wind & Fire, the Latin jazz families of Chucho Valdes and Arturo O’Farrill, and bassist, singer, composer and band leader Katie Thiroux.


KMUW Music is celebrating National Saxophone Day, the birthday of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax, with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Monday, November 6 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village devotes Monday night's program to saxophone music and musicians from around the world, including Africa's Manu Dibango and Seun Kuti, the Skatalites and Dean Fraser from Jamaica, Balkan artists Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boris Kovac, plus a bossa nova classic from jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.

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  1. Bill Charlap Trio – Uptown, Downtown (Impulse)
  1. Cecile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)
  1. Ben Allison – Layers of the City (Sonic Camera)
  1. Cyrus Chestnut – There’s A Sweet Sweet Spirit (High Note)
  1. Jeff Coffin – Next Time Yellow (Ear Up)
  1. Harold Mabern – To Love and Be Loved (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Dejohnette, Goldings, Medieski, Scofield – Hudson (Motema)
  1. Russell Malone – Time for the Dancers (Hight Note)
  1. Dave Stryker – Strykin’ Ahead (Strikezone)
  1. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – Handful of Keys (Blue Engine)
  1. Gerald Beckett – Oblivion (Summit)
  1. Joey Alexander – Joey.Monk.Live! (Motema)
  1. John Beasley – Presents Monk’estra Vol. 2 (Mack Avenue)
  1. Mike Longo Trio – Only Time Will Tell (CAP)
  1. Doug Webb – Bright Side (Posi-Tone)
  1. Tardo Hammer Trio – Swinging on a Star (Cellar Live)
  1. Barbara Morrison – I Wanna Be Loved (Savant)
  1. Jacques Lesure – For the Love of You (WJ3)
  1. Steve Hobbs – Tribute to Bobby (Challenge)
  1. Gerald Cannon – Combinations (Woodneck)
  1. Andrew Scott Quartet – The Brightest Minute (Cellar Live)
  1. Roswell Rudd – Embrace (Rare Noise)
  1. Chucho Valdes/Arturo O’Farrill – Familia (Motema)
  1. Katie Thiroux – Off Beat (Capri)
  1. Audrey Ochoa Trio – After Thought (Chronograph)
  1. Christian McBride Big Band – Bringin’ It (Mack Avenue)
  1. Behn Gillece – Walk of Fire (Posi-Tone)
  1. Yoko Miwa Trio – Pathways (Yoko Miwa)
  1. Peter Erskine New Trio – In Praise of Shadows (Fuzzy Music)
  1. Pete Malinverni Trio – Heaven (Saranac)
  1. Ahmad Jamal – Marseille (Jazz Village)
  1. George Freeman – 90 Going On Amazing (BluJazz)
  1. Bill Cunliffe – BACHanalia (Metro)
  1. Scott Wilner Trio – Odalisque (Cellar Live)
  1. Various – The Passion of Charlie Parker (Impulse)
  1. Ron Francis Blake – Assimilation (HSH)
  1. Amanda Monaco – Glitter (Posi-Tone)
  1. Unhinged Sextet – Don’t Blink (OA2)
  1. Bria Skonberg – With a Twist (OKeh)
  1. Terry Gibbs – 92 Years Young (Whaling City Sound)

KMUW Music is celebrating Halloween with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, October 31 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village celebrates Halloween with some music tricks and treats, ghosts and goblins, and lots of spirited and scary sounds.

The special continues on Strange Currency with music from Roky Erickson, Ghost, John Carpenter and The Cramps.