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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3:44 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

A Mardi Gras Focus on Crescent City Jazz, Featured Artist Pat Metheny

Jazz drummer Jason Marsalis, who turns 37 Tuesday, will be featured on Night Train's Mardi Gras special.
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Monday 3.3.14

Night Train explores some jazz with international influences tonight – including music from Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, African guitarist Lionel Loueke, flamenco-jazz trumpeter Greg Duncan, the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet and the Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. Plus, some “good vibes” from vibraphonists Gary Burton, Joe Locke, Stefon Harris and Christian Tamburr.

Tuesday 3.4.14

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5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Night Train's February Top 40 List

February's No. 1: George Cables - Influences and Icons
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NIGHT TRAIN TOP 40: February 2014
1. George Cables - Icons and Influences (High Note)
2. Edward Simon - Venezuelan Suite (Sunnyside)
3. Jane Ira Bloom - Sixteen Sunsets (Outline)
4. Dr. Lonnie Smith - In the Beginning Vols. 1 & 2 (Pilgrimmage)
5. Romero Lubambo - So: Brazilian Essence (Sunnyside)
6. Rene Marie - I Wanna Be Evil (Motema)
7. Kevin Coelho - Turn It Up (Chicken Coup)
8. Catherine Russell - Bring It Back (Jazz Village)
9. Jacques Schwarz-Bart - Jazz Racine Haiti (Motema)

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3:13 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

71 Years of George Harrison, 'Beatlejazz' Wraps Up

On Tuesday, legendary Beatles guitarist George Harrison would have turned 71.

Monday 2.24.14

Night Train marks the birthday of acclaimed tenor sax and flute player David Fathead Newman, with music from throughout a career that started in the mid-'50s and continued for the next six decades. Along with music from releases under his own name, the show features work he did with Ray Charles, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Roy Hargrove. Plus more Beatle jazz, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (who have an area date later this week), and new music from Chick Corea, the Mack Avenue Superband, and Bob Dorough.

Tuesday 2.25.14

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4:56 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Lester "Prez" Young, and Bossa Nova - The Brazilian Style

Lester "Prez" Young

Monday 2.17.14

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12:45 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Big Band Throwback Sounds Of The Fat Babies, More 'Beatlejazz'

The Fat Babies featured Wednesday, Feb. 12

Monday 2.10.14

Night Train celebrates birthdays of Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, Brazilian composer and pianist Antonio Adolfo, drummer and band leader Chick Webb, bassist Rufus Reid and pianist Sir Roland Hanna. Plus more for the February ‘Beatle Jazz’ feature with jazz covers of Beatles tunes this time from Anthony Wilson, Lynne Arriale, John Scofield and Herbie Hancock – and also new music from Edward Simon, George Cables, Rene Marie, and the Pat Metheny Unity Group.

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1:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Night Trains New Month Feature Marks The 50th Anniversary Of The Arrival Of The Beatles In America

February Feature: Beatlejazz - Jazz Covers of Beatle Songs

Monday 2.3.14

Night Train kicks off a new month’s feature marking the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Beatles in America with great jazz covers of Beatles’ songs. Plus birthday celebrations tonight for saxophonist John Handy, tuba master Bob Stewart, and pianist, composer and Hot Five member Lil Harden Armstrong – and music from Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace, and Jazz Vocal Album Grammy winner, Gregory Porter.

Tuesday 2.4.14

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9:36 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Night Train's Top 40 Albums of January 2014

1. Hutchinson Andrew Trio - Prairie Modern (Chronograph)

2. Joe Locke - Lay Down My Heart (Motema)

3. Bobby Watson & the 'I Have A Dream' Project - Check Cashing Day (Bobby Watson)

4. Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (Blue Note)

5. Ahmad Jamal - Saturday Morning (Jazz Village)

6. Jane Ira Bloom - Sixteen Sunsets (Outline)

7. Dr. Lonnie Smith - In the Beginning Vols. 1 & 2 (Pilgrimmage)

8. Anne Drummond - Revolving (Origin)

9. Rene Marie - I Wanna Be Evil (Motema)

10. Christian McBride Trio - Out Here (Mack Avenue)

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11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Music of 2013

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2013 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2013. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Best of 2013 lists:

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11:13 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Night Train's Top 20: Best of 2013

1.       Ahmad Jamal - Saturday Morning (Jazz Village)

2.       Cecile McLorin Salvant - WomanChild (Mack Avenue)

3.       Aaron Diehl - The Bespoke Man's Narrative (Mack Avenue)

4.       Joe Locke - Lay Down My Heart: Blues and Ballads 1 (Motema)

5.       Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - Somewhere (ECM)

6.       Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet - Desertico (Ota)

7.       Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet - In the Beginning: Volumes 1 & 2 (Pilgrimage)

8.       Christian McBride Trio - Out Here (Mack Avenue)

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1:45 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Night Train's Top 40 Albums of December 2013

1.    John Abercrombie - 39 Steps (ECM)

2.    Houston Person - Nice 'n' Easy (High Note)

3.    Rene Marie - I Wanna Be Evil (Motema)

4.    Dr. Lonnie Smith - In the Beginning Vols. 1 & 2 (Pilgrimmage)

5.    Ahmad Jamal - Saturday Morning (Jazz Village)

6.    Christian McBride Trio - Out Here (Mack Avenue)

7.    Kenny Garrett - Pushing the World Away (Mack Avenue)

8.    Warren Wolf - Wolf Gang (Mack Avenue)

9.    Carol Morgan - Retroactive (Blue Bamboo Music)

10.Anne Drummond - Revolving (Origin)

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