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 7.6.15

Night Train highlights some ‘hits’ tonight – bonafide jazz hits, jazz covers of pop hits, and some rare instances of jazz compositions that were turned into pop hits. Among the highlights, an early drummer-less version of “Poinciana” from July featured artist Ahmad Jamal, the song that revived Nina Simone’s career some 30 years after it was first recorded, and a new version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from bassist Ben Williams.

Tuesday 7.7.15

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  1.    Dave Stryker - Messin' with Mr. T (Strike Zone)

2.    Cyrus Chestnut - A Million Colors in Your Mind (High Note)

3.    Paquito D'Rivera & Quinteto Cimarron - Aires Tropicales (Sunnyside)

4.    Federico Britos - Hot Club of the Americas (3 Knocks Entertainment)

5.    Wes Montgomery - In the Beginning (Resonance)

6.    Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions)

7.    Russell Malone - Love Looks Good On You (High Note)

Monday 6.29.15

Night Train marks birthdays of composers Frank Loesser and Erik Satie; kicks off a week highlighting newly announced winners of the DownBeat Critics’ Poll; and for the Guitar Month feature, new albums from guitarists – including Jack Allen, Wes Montgomery (a set of rare and previously unreleased recordings), Bob Shimizu, and Jacques Lesure.

Tuesday 6.30.15

Monday 6.22.15

Night Train highlights ‘new standards’ and tribute albums tonight – including Tierney Sutton’s celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell, a Joni cover from Claire Martin and music from Mitchell’s standards album, Both Sides Now – also the Trio of Oz doing Stone Temple Pilots; Benny Golson’s celebration of the tenor in jazz; Steve Turre’s salute to trombonists who were part of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers; and Carmen McCrae with music of Billie Holiday.

Tuesday 6.23.15

Monday 6.15.15

Tonight on the Night Train, we'll celebrate the birthdays of  pianist Jaki Byard and pianist/composer Erroll Garner, including a Jazz Profiles special on Garner in the second half of the show. We'll hear from more jazz guitarists to celebrate guitar month, and we'll feature favorite tracks all week from jazz giant Ornette Coleman, who died last week at the age of 85.

  Tuesday 6.16.15

Monday 6.8.15

Tonight on the Night Train, some great singers on board– including Diana Krall, Ruth Brown, Kurt Elling, and Abbey Lincoln, plus classics from Art Tatum and Lee Morgan, along with music from vibes players Gary Burton (with Chick Corea) and Erik Charlston (with JazzBrasil), and guitarist Grant Geissman (teamed up with Yellowjackets co-founder Russell Ferrante).


Tuesday 6.9.15

Monday 6.1.15

Night Train kicks off the June Electric Jazz Guitar feature (celebrating the 100th birthday of solid body electric pioneer Les Paul) with music from Les Paul, jazz guitar ‘power trio’ pioneer Kenny Burrell, and two exciting contemporary jazz guitarists – Nels Cline and Julian Lage.

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1.   Dave Stryker - Messin' with Mr. T (Strike Zone)

2.   Mary Stallings - Feelin' Good (High Note)

3.   Joe Alterman - Georgia Sunset (Joe Alterman)

4.   Sarah Partridge - I Never Thought I'd Be Here (Origin)

5.   Jacky Terrasson - Take This (Impulse)

6.   Jose James - Yesterday I Had the Blues (Blue Note)

7.   Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet - Intents and Purposes (Enja)

8.   Albert 'Tootie' Heath - Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside)

Monday 5.25.15

Night Train steps aside for a Memorial Day special with the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Hour one of the show features the Airmen in a tribute to some of the most influential small groups in jazz, ensembles led by such legendary names as Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and more. Then in the second hour, it’s special best-of program with highlights of the Airmen performing with such jazz talents as Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Joe Locke, the New York Voices and Phil Woods.

Monday 5.18.15

Night Train continues its month-long salute to Stevie Wonder and kicks off a week-long celebration of the birthday of Commodore Records founder Milt Gabler, including a four part Commodore Records Story special airing each night this week. Plus birthdays of Kansas City shouter Big Joe Turner and vibes player Christian Tamburr, and new music from Cory Weeds and Delfeayo Marsalis.

Tuesday 5.19.15