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 9.25.17

Great guitars and tribute albums are featured tonight on the Night Train, including music from Pat Metheny, John Scofield’s collaboration with saxophonist Eddie Harris, guitar legend Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton with Wynton Marsalis, and the Deep Blue Organ Trio with guitarist Bobby Broom. Plus Swingadelic’s salute to Duke Pearson, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Billie Holiday, Bill Frisell’s collection of songs from John Lennon, Alan Pasqua doing music of Bill Evans, and Conrad Herwig showcasing the “Latin Side of Herbie Hancock.”

Tuesday 9.26.17

Night Train heads to the West Coast for some classic and contemporary sounds from that part of the country. Among the artists featured – Charles Brown, Art Pepper, the L.A. Treasure Project, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton and Chet Baker.

Wednesday 9.27.17

Night Train highlights jazz legends and classic recordings tonight – including music from Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, John Coltrane (with Thelonious Monk and from A Love Supreme), tenor sax legend Coleman Hawkins, Erroll Garner’s classic Concert by the Sea album, legendary bassist Ron Carter, and the Montgomery Brothers (Wes, Buddy, and Monk).

Thursday 9.28.17

Night Train wraps up the September Classical Music Month/Jazz Meets Classical feature with a program featuring jazz reinterpretations of classical compositions. We’ll highlight works from Bach, Borodin, Mussagorsky, Ravel and more, reimagined by Jacques Loussier, Dave Brubeck, Eddie Daniels, Jim Hall, Tessa Souter and more.

Monday 9.18.17

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Emily Remler and trombonist John Fedchock; continues with the September Jazz Meets Classical feature for Classical Music Month with music from Hank Jones, Joe Zawinul and a special with Third Stream pioneer Gunther Schuller; and highlights new music from Ahmad Jamal, the Christian McBride Big Band, Louis Hayes and George Freeman.

Tuesday 9.19.17

Night Train continues its September salute to Classical Music Month with some suites – from Duke Ellington, Charlie Byrd, Wynton Marsalis and Claude Bolling. Plus new music from guitarists Russell Malone and Amanda Monaco, flutist Gerald Beckett,  saxophonist Jeff Coffin (from the Dave Matthews Band) and trumpeter Farnell  Newton.

Wednesday 9.20.17

Lots of clarinets tonight on the Night Train, with music from bebop clarinet pioneer Buddy DeFranco,  trad player Dr. Michael White, and such contemporary artists as Anat Cohn, Ken Peplowski and David Murray. Night Train also continues the Jazz Meets Classical/Classical Music Month feature with music from Paquito D’Rivera’s Jazz Meets the Classics album, and the Ted Rosenthal Trio’s remarkable reinvention of “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Thursday 9.21.17

Night Train marks several birthdays tonight – including acclaimed Wichita jazz fusion guitar pioneer Jerry Hahn, chamber jazz pioneer Chico Hamilton, Crescent City pianist Henry Butler, and bassist Slam Stewart. Plus we continue our Classical Meets Jazz feature and mark Leonard Cohen’s birthday with Rene Marie’s show-stopping medley of Suzanne/Bolero, and highlight new music from Akiko Tsuruga and the Pete Malinverni Trio.

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Monday 9.11.17

Night Train highlights some string things tonight – violinists, string ensembles, and string quartet and orchestra accompaniment with jazz artists, including a number of classically influenced pieces for the September Classical Meets Jazz/Classical Music Month feature.  Among the artists featured are Stan Getz (from the famous Focus album), Cecile McLorin Salvant (whose new album includes several pieces with string quartet), Quartet Indigo, Chick Corea with the Harlem String Quartet, Regina Carter (from her Paganini album), the Turtle Island String Quartet, and the Modern Jazz Quartet and Martin Wind, both with symphony orchestras.

Tuesday 9.12.17

There’s quite a long list of impressive jazz artists born on this date and Night Train features music from all of them this evening – trombonist and Saturday Night Live Band member Steve Turre, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton (including music from her new album of original compositions, Speechless), saxophonist Scott Hamilton, and organist Papa John DeFrancesco (and music as well from both of his sons, Joey and Johnny DeFrancesco).

Also the Night Train feature for Classical Music Month continues with two new releases, the VEIN Trio playing music of Ravel, and Third Stream pioneer Ran Blake teamed up with singer Dominique Eade.

Wednesday 9.13.17

Night Train marks birthdays of R&B pianist and singer Charles Brown and also critic and songwriter Leonard Feather. We’ll hear later and classic tracks from Brown, and Feather’s songs performed by Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, along with music from his daughter Lorraine Feather. Plus new music from Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Wynton Kelly Trio, and Tom Rizzo – and for the Classical Meets Jazz/Classical Music Month feature, music of Satie from Dan Willis & Velvet Gentlemen, and a special featuring pianist Aaron Diehl in a tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Thursday 9.14.17

With Hispanic Heritage Month beginning tomorrow, Night Train offers a program featuring Latin jazz tonight, including music from Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Michael Spiro & Wayne Wallace, Arturo Sandoval, Bill O’Connell, Gabriel Alegria, Trio da Paz, and David Sanchez. We’ll also continue our Classical Meets Jazz feature for Classical Music Month with selections from Charlie Haden, Jeremy Pelt and Maureen Choi.

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

Monday 9.4.17

Night Train takes a night off its labors for Labor Day, but join us instead for two specials that explore the work song in jazz and popular music and songs about working tonight from 10 until midnight.

Tuesday 9.5.17

Night Train celebrates Classical Music Month throughout September with a wide array of artists and recordings inspired by both jazz and classical music. To kick off  the feature, tonight’s show is devoted to these classical and jazz meetings, including jazz reinterpretations of Debussy, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Bach, and jazz artists performing with classical ensembles. Artists featured include Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea with the Harlem String Quartet, Paquito D’Rivera with Quinteto Cimarron, Art Tatum and Cyrus Chestnut,.

Wednesday 9.6.17

Night Train celebrates the birthday of British jazz singer Claire Martin; continues its Classical Music Month feature with classically inspired pieces from Duke Ellington, Charles Lloyd, the Peter Erskine New Trio and the Classical Jazz Quartet; and highlights new music from Hudson, the Yoko Miwa Trio, Terell Stafford, and the Spike Wilner Trio.

Thursday 9.7.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with a show devoted to Brazilian jazz. We’ll hear classic compositions, new music, and pieces given a Brazilian twist. Among the artists featured on the show are Mark Murphy with a Jobim classic, Charlie Byrd with a classically inspired rendition of a Jobim piece (for the September Classical Music Month feature), Brazilian pianist and singer Eliane Elias with an album done in Brazil, and a new album from John Pizzarelli marking the 50th anniversary of a recording that featured Frank Sinatra and Jobim.

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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.