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 2.15.16

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Monday 2.8.16

Tonight on the Night Train, classic recordings from Miles Davis and Bill Evans, tributes to Chet Baker from Luciana Souza and Eliane Elias and a celebration of Billie Holiday from saxophonist Scott Hamilton, plus vocalists Ernie Andrews and Lucy Smith for the February Jazz Singers feature.

Tuesday 2.9.16

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  1.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

2.          Michael Kocour – Spiffy (Michael Kocour)

3.          Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, Gary Burton – Hommage a Eberhard Weber (ECM)

4.          Stanley Clarke/Bireli Lagrene/Jean-Luc Ponty - D-Stringz (Impulse)

5.          Mike LeDonne - Awwl-RIGHT! (Savant)

6.          Christian McBride Trio - Live at the Village Vanguard (Mack Avenue)

7.          Andrea Brachfeld – Lotus Blossom (JazzHeads)

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Monday 2.1.16

Night Train kicks off the February feature – celebrating The Jazz Singers – with music from Dinah Washington, Johnny Hartman, Randy Crawford, Susan Krebs and more. Plus birthday salutes to Joe Sample (of the Crusaders) and saxophonists Joshua Redman and Ari Brown, and new music from the Will Caviness Sextet, Scott Hamilton with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Brad Mehldau’s 10 Years Solo Live box set.

Tuesday 2.2.16

Monday 1.11.16

Night Train celebrates the birthday of Laurens Hammond – the inventor of the Hammond organ – with a program devoted to some great jazz organ sounds – from classic records from Charles Earland and Jimmy Smith, to new releases from Joey DeFrancesco, OJT, Michael Kocour and Joey DeFrancesco, along with 2015 show favorites (the Night Train January feature) Mike LeDonne, Ben Paterson, Dave Stryker, and John Ellis & Double Wide.

Tuesday 1.12.16

Monday 1.4.16

Night Train kicks off the January feature – highlighting the Best of 2015 – with music from flutist Andrea Brachfeld, Stanley Clark/Bireli Lagrene/Jean Luc Ponty, and from the Christian McBride Trio (a Night Train favorite and also a winner in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll, in which Night Train also participated – see the Best of the Year lists on our website for all the show favorites and a link to NPR Jazz Critics Poll).

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1.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

2.          Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - Live in Cuba (Blue Engine)

3.          Band of Bones - Stomp! (Dave Chamberlain)

4.          Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields (Artist Share)

5.          Dee Dee Bridgewater - Dee Dee's Feather (OKeh)

6.          Oran Etkin - What's New (Motema)

7.          Andrea Brachfeld – Lotus Blossom (JazzHeads)

8.          Fred Hersch – Solo (Palmetto)

Monday 12.28.15

Night Train celebrates a long list of birthdays tonight – including guitarist Joe Cohn, drummer Ed Thigpen, keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith, saxophonist Ted Nash, and pianists Michel Petrucciani and Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines. Plus new music from WSU Jazz Guitar professor William Flynn, flutist Andrea Brachfeld, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band and more.

Tuesday 12.29.15

Pessimists may say jazz is losing ground, but certainly not in terms of artistic vibrancy, diversity, and sheer beauty. This year's releases offered a host of different influences: mainstream, adventurous, soul and funk and second line inspired, classically rooted, world music based, creative approaches to big band, even a project inspired by Finnish folk songs. But far and away the most amazing album of the year came from Maria Schneider.