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 9.12.16

Tonight on the Night Train, a wonderful group of artists celebrating birthdays - acclaimed trombonist (and conch shell player) Steve Turre, trumpeter Brian Lynch, tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, soul jazz organist Papa John DeFrancesco, and singer/pianist Champian Fulton. Plus new music from the Eric Hargett Trio (with Papa John's son Joey DeFrancesco), Rene Marie (in her first set of all original material), and drummer Karl Latham with a set of ‘new standards’.

Tuesday 9.13.16

Monday 9.5.16

Night Train celebrates Labor Day with some work songs and a ‘Jazz on the Picket Lines’ special in hour two of the show. Plus the kick-off of the September Brass Bands feature with music from Kermit Ruffins with both the Rebirth Brass Band and the Treme Brass Band, and new music from Charlie Hunter and Jim Rotondi.

Tuesday 9.6.16

  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch)


Monday 8.29.16

Night Train begins a week in tribute to two key figures in jazz who passed away last week – harmonica jazz great Toots Thielemans and legendary jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder – with music from throughout Thielemans career and some of the many classic albums Van Gelder recorded. Also tonight music from birthday artists bebop great Charlie Parker (including a Jazz Profiles special in hour two), singer Dinah Washington, and contemporary pianist and composer Florian Hoefner – and new music from the Fred Hersch Trio and the Andy Brown Quartet.

Sad news today of the passing of one of the greats of jazz vibes, Bobby Hutcherson. In a career that spanned nearly seven decades and 50 albums, he redefined the instrument for the post-bop era. 

All next week KMUW's Night Train will feature music from throughout his career.

Here's more information from NPR: Bobby Hutcherson, Jazz Vibraphone Modernist, Has Died

Monday 8.15.16

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of pianist Oscar Peterson and drummer Stix Hooper (of the Crusaders), kicks off a week-long celebration of Brazilian jazz in honor of the Olympics (including music this time from Klaus Mueller’s new album, Village Samba), and continues with more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrell – with a track from one of his best recordings, Ellington is Forever.

Tuesday 8.16.16

Monday 8.8.16

Inspired by the major exhibition of works by Matisse in Oklahoma City now and Matisse’s paper collage collection that came out under the title of Jazz, Night Train highlights jazz artists and pieces inspired by Matisse from Wynton Marsalis, Jim Hall, Ted Nash, and the new Matisse Jazz Project album. Plus more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrell, and a birthday salute to saxophonist, composer, arranger and band leader Benny Carter, including a Savannah Music Festival special, Warren Vache Plays Carter, in hour two of the show.

Monday 8.1.16

Night Train kicks off the August feature in honor of guitarist Kenny Burrell’s 85th birthday with music he and other artists did from one of Burrell’s favorite composers, Duke Ellington. Along with Burrell, there’s Ellington compositions from John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, Red Mitchell with Roger Kellaway, Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, and the Jeff Hamilton Trio – and on new albums from Benny Golson, Sarah King & the Smoke Rings, Allen Toussaint, Dan Cray, and Lafayette Harris, Jr.

Tuesday 8.2.16

  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch)


  1. Rene Marie – Sound of Red (Motema)


  1. Hristo Vitchev – In Search of Wonders (Hristo Vitchev)


  1. Adrienne Fenemor – Mo’ Puddin’ (Adrienne Fenemor)


  1. Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom – Otis Was a Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family)


  1. Allen Toussaint – American Tunes (Nonesuch)