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 4.18.16

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train to pianist Hal Galper, drummer Danny Gottlieb, and Texas bluesman Gatemouth Brown (including a special in hour two of the show, Clarence Gatemouth Brown at the Fur Peace Ranch). Also music from April featured artist Benny Carter with Sarah Vaughan, from newly named Guggenheim fellow Wayne Shorter, and from new releases by guitarist Russell Malone, and saxophonists Charles Lloyd and Phil Woods.

Tuesday 4.19.16

Monday 4.11.16

Lots of clarinets tonight on the Night Train, with music from bebop clarinet pioneer Buddy DeFranco and contemporary artists including Dr. Michael White, Anat Cohn, Ken Peplowski, David Murray, and Paquito D’Rivera. Plus the Ted Rosenthal Trio’s remarkable reinvention of “Rhapsody in Blue,” Jane Ira Bloom’s surprising ballad project Sixteen Sunsets, and the jazz side of Ray Charles

Tuesday 4.12.16

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1.          Herlin Riley - New Direction (Mack Avenue)

2.          Charles Lloyd & the Marvels - I Long to See You (Blue Note)

3.          Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, La Orquesta Sinfonietta - Canto America (Patois)

4.          Christian Tamburr - People Talk (Christian Tamburr)

5.          Bill O'Connell & the Latin Jazz All-Stars - Heart Beat (Savant)

6.          Kim Nalley - Blues People (Kim Nalley)

7.          Mike Freeman ZonaVibe - Blue Tjade (VOF)

8.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

With any luck, the current interest in Cuba will also draw more attention to Cuban music, one of that country's best and most reliable exports for several centuries now. In recent decades, another reliable Cuban export has been people, including some remarkable musicians who now call America home.

Monday 3.28.16

Night Train highlights tribute albums (Roseanna Vitro with the music of Clare Fischer, Laurie Antonioli’s celebration of Joni Mitchell, and the Dave Liebman Big Band playing the music of Wayne Shorter) along with a number of great jazz saxophonists - including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollin, Stan Getz, Hank Crawford, and Cannonball Adderley.

Tuesday 3.29.16

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Monday 3.21.16

Night Train starts the week with more music from March featured artist -- the critically acclaimed tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano -- showcasing his versatility with music from him both as a leader and guesting with vocalist and songwriter Bob Dorough, on a symphonic project from guitarist Jim Hall, and in Conrad Herwig’s The Latin Side of Joe Henderson.

Monday 3.14.16

Night Train has an extensive list of birthday salutes tonight – including singers Mark Murphy and Vanessa Rubin, band leader, producer and arranger Quincy Jones, drummer Akira Tana, and soul jazz organist Shirley Scott. Plus a Shirley Scott special in hour two of the show, and more music from March featured artist Joe Lovano. Plus new music from pianists Kenny Barron and Alfredo Rodriguez.

Tuesday 3.15.16

Monday 3.7.16

More from March featured artist Joe Lovano; music from WSU alum and jazz educator Andrew Bishop who is in town tomorrow night for a show; and new releases from bassist Avery Sharpe (a tribute to gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe), Charles Lloyd with the Marvels, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, guitarist Bill Frisell, and Willie Nelson with a new set of songs from Gershwin - tonight on the Night Train.

Tuesday 3.8.16

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1.          Herlin Riley - New Direction (Mack Avenue)

2.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

3.          Jeff Coffin & Caleb Chapman's Crescent Superband - The Inside of the Outside (Ear Up)

4.          June Bisantz - It's Always You (June Bisantz)

5.          Charles Lloyd & the Marvels - I Long to See You (Blue Note)

6.          OJT – New Standards for the Green Lady (Jazz Daddy)

7.          Dr. Lonnie Smith - Evolution (Blue Note)

Monday 2.29.16

Night Train wraps up the February feature with a few more great jazz singers and the final program in the Jazz Profiles Jazz in Song series, this one focused on The Jazz Standard. We'll feature a birthday celebration for Leap Day saxophonist Richie Cole and new music from the Phil Woods Quintet, Bill O’Connell & the Latin Jazz All Stars, and the John Fedchock New York Big Band.

Tuesday 3.1.16