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 8.25.14

Night Train marks birthdays of tenor sax legend Wayne Shorter, guitar great Pat Martino, and bassist Charles Fambrough. Tonight also begins a week of Newport Jazz Festival concert specials to conclude the August feature celebrating the 60th anniversary of the ‘granddaddy of all jazz fests.’ This evening features the iconoclastic young ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killing.

Tuesday 8.26.14

Monday 8.18.14

Night Train continues with more music in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival with music from the Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, Gregory Porter – who appeared at this year’s festival, and a live performance in hour two of the show from another of the stars of this year’s Newport, singer Cecile McLorin Salvant. Plus birthday salutes to pianist Adam Makowicz and guitarist Ed Laub – and new music from Dee Alexander and the Band of Bones.

Tuesday 8.19.14

Monday 8.11.14

Night Train celebrates the birthday of Pittsburgh soul jazz organist Bill Heid; begins a week-long salute to pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. who passed away last week; and continues a month-long celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival’s 60th anniversary – this time with music from vibes star Warren Wolf, who performed at this year’s festival, and in hour two, a performance from organist Joey DeFrancesco at Newport.

Tuesday 8.12.14

NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 July 2014

1.    Fred Hersch Trio - Floating (Palmetto)

2.    Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden - Last Dance (ECM)

3.    Charlie Apicella & Iron City - Big Boss (Zoho)

4.    Bobby Hutcherson - Enjoy the View (Blue Note)

5.    Everette DeVan - For the Love of You (Henry)

6.    Steve Khan - Subtext (Tone Center)

7.    Elio Villafranca - Caribbean Tinge (Motema)

8.    Band of Bones - Caravan (Dave Chamberlain)

9.    Holly Hofmann - Low Life (Capri)

Monday 8.4.14

Two special hours tonight on the Night Train. In hour one, it’s a tribute to legendary New Orleans drummer Idris Muhammad, who appeared on hundreds of recordings and was one of the most sampled drummers in jazz. We’ll hear him as a leader, and performing with Ahmad Jamal, Charles Earland, John Hicks, Pharoah Sanders with Leon Thomas, and Randy Weston.

Monday  7.28.14

Night Train marks birthdays of trombonist and producer Delfeayo Marsalis, singer Nnenna Freelon, and vibes player Tommy Kesecker. Plus more music from Prestige – this time from saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins, soul jazz organist Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes, and pianist Red Garland – plus new music from David Fathead Newman with the Tilden Webb Trio, Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones, the Fred Hersch Trio, and the Ted Rosenthal Trio with a tribute to Gershwin.

Tuesday 7.29.14

Monday  7.21.14

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Sonny Clark and singer Helen Merrill; highlights new music from Fareed Haque and Chris Parker, along with a new reissue of the music of Morricone from Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Baron & Marc Johnson; and features music from Charlie Haden’s Grammy-winning Nocturne album and, in hour two of the show, a special with Charlie Haden in a live performance with  Paul Bley.

Global Village will be featuring the world music side of Charlie Haden on tonight’s show.

Monday  7.14.14

SPECIAL: Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Bastille Day, the French National Holiday, with music from a wide range of French jazz artists, along with music inspired by and recorded in France.

Monday  7.7.14

Night Train marks birthdays of jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul, hard bop tenor master Hank Mobley, and Prestige recording artist, guitarist Tiny Grimes. The July Prestige feature continues in hour two with a Jazz Profiles special devoted to one of the giants of the label, Gene Ammons. Plus new music from pianist Fred Hersch, guitarist Steve Khan, and a newly released concert set featuring David ‘Fathead’ Newman.

Tuesday  7.8.14

NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 June  2014

1.    Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart - Ramshackle Serenade (Pirouet)

2.    Leslie Pintchik - In the Nature of Things (Pintch Hard)

3.    Charlie Denard - From Brazil to New Orleans (Charlie Denard)

4.    Helge Lien Trio - Badgers and Other Beings (Ozella)

5.    Everette DeVan - For the Love of You (Henry)

6.    Janice Borla Group - Promises to Burn (Tallgrass)