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 8.7.17

Night Train begins a week long tribute to guitarist, composer, band leader and session player Chuck Loeb, who passed away at the end of July, including music tonight from one of his last solo albums. Plus music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Herbie Hancock); birthday salutes to pianist Marcus Roberts (including a performance at the Savannah Music Festival), hornman Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and seven-string guitar pioneer George Van Eps; and new albums from Amanda Monaco, Tarek Yamani, Dave Liebman with Joe Lovano, and Russell Malone.

Tuesday 8.8.17

Night Train continues the August Jack DeJohnette feature with music he did as part of the Gateway trio with Dave Holland and John Abercrombie, and continues a week-long remembrance of guitarist Chuck Loeb with music tonight from his stint with Steps Ahead. Also tonight birthday tributes to saxophonist and composer Benny Carter, and blues-jazz singer Jimmy Witherspoon.

Wednesday 8.9.17

Today is the 75th birthday of August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, the acclaimed drummer who has worked with a who’s who of jazz artists - from his early work with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis, though a series of impressive groups of his own and scores of guest appearances, to his latest project as part of the Hudson jazz supergroup. In a special show devoted to his music, we’ll hear him with George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, the Standards Trio, McCoy Tyner, Hudson and more – and in hour two, a special about his groundbreaking work with Miles Davis.

Thursday 8.10.17

Night Train wraps up a week-long tribute to guitarist and composer Chuck Loeb with music he did as a leader and with both Stan Getz and Jim Hall. Plus more from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, this time with the Trio Beyond lineup with Larry Goldings and John Scofield. And birthday salutes to hard bop tenor man Arnett Cobb and also Philly Hammond B3 player Trudy Pitts, who is featured in a special in hour two of the show.

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  1. Ahmad Jamal – Marseille (Jazz Village)


  1. DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield – Hudson (Motema)
  1. Louis Hayes – Serenade for Horace (Blue Note)
  1. Peter Erskine New Trio – In Praise of Shadows (Fuzzy Music)
  1. Ben Allison – Layers of the City (Sonic Camera)
  1. Chick Corea – The Musician (Concord)
  1. Steve Nelson – Brothers Under the Sun (High Note)
  1. Diana Krall – Turn Up the Quiet (Verve)
  1. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  1. Akiko Tsuruga – So Cute, So Bad (AT Records)
  1. Jaco Pastorius – Truth, Liberty and Soul (Resonance)
  1. Organissimo – B3tles (Big O)
  1. Afrobop Alliance Big Band – Revelation (OA2)
  1. Cory Weeds & the Jeff Hamilton Trio – Dreamsville (Cellar Live)
  1. Eliane Elias – Dance of Time (Concord)
  1. Bill O’Connell – Monk’s Cha Cha (Savant)
  1. Oregon – Lantern (Cam Jazz)
  1. Mike Longo Trio – Only Time Will Tell (CAP)
  1. Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano – Compassion (Resonance)
  1. Joe Alterman – Comin’ Home to You (Joe Alterman)
  1. Eric Alexander – Second Impression (High Note)
  1. Joey DeFrancesco + the People – Project Freedom (Mack Avenue)
  1. Jowee Omicil – Let’s Bash (Jazz Village)
  1. Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People – Weather or Not (Whaling City Sound)
  1. Spike Wilner Trio – Odalisque (Cellar Live)
  1. Bill Cunliffe – BACHanalia (Metro)
  1. Trio Ivoire – Desert Pulse (Intuition)
  1. Tony Allen – A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note)
  1. Stanton Moore – With You in Mind (Cool Green)
  1. Jazzmeia Horn – A Social Call (Concord)
  1. Kevin Eubanks – East West Time Line (Mack Avenue)
  1. Claire Daly – 2648 West Grand Boulevard (Glass Beach Jazz)
  1. Leigh Pilzer – Strunkin’ (Leigh Pilzer)
  1. Bobby Watson – Made in America (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)
  1. Mark Murphy – Wild and Free (High Note)
  1. Heads of State – Four in One (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Steve Davis – Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Uptown Jazz Tentet – There It Is (Irrabagast)
  1. Mark Winkler – The Company I Keep (Mark Winkler)

Monday 7.31.17

Night Train wraps up the July feature with music from Dr. Lonnie Smith and also other contemporary jazz organists who offer a modern take on the classic soul jazz sound or take off in adventurous new approaches jazz organ. Among the artists featured are Larry Young, the Organik Vibe Trio, Ed Cherry (with organist Kyle Koehler), Will Bernard (with organist Brian Charette), Dave Anderson (with organist Pat Bianchi), the James Carter Organ Trio, and the Funky Organics.

Tuesday 8.1.17

Night Train kicks off the August feature celebrating the 75th birthday of Jack DeJohnette with a program devoted to his music. In hour one we’ll hear music he did as a leader, with the Gateway and Standards trios, as part of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, and as a special guest with Chick Corea and Christian McBride. Then in hour two, it’s an Artworks special done around the time he was named an NEA Jazz Master, featuring DeJohnette talking about his life and career, along with more music from the legendary jazz drummer.

Wednesday 8.2.17

Night Train has another ‘Give the Drummer Some’ show devoted to some great classic and contemporary jazz drummers – including August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Miles Davis and on the new supergroup Hudson release), along with Stanton Moore, Paul Wertico, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Roy Haynes, Louis Hayes, Mel Lewis, Matt Wilson and more.

Thursday 8.3.17

Night Train marks birthdays of singers Tony Bennett and Eddie Jefferson, continues with more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Michael Brecker, Eliane Elias and Terje Rypdal), and features new music from vibes player Steve Nelson, pianist Bill O’Connell, and bassist Ben Allison.

Monday 7.17.17

Tonight’s Night Train is devoted to a special full-length audio documentary, Vince Guaraldi – The Story of Dr. Funk, to mark the birthday of the popular West Coast pianist and composer for his birthday. Actually, it wasn’t funk, but west coast cool and Latin jazz that put Vince Guaraldi on the map. That and the breezy and engaging music he did for all of the Peanuts television specials right up until his sudden death in 1976. Guaraldi's story woven together with music and interviews with his biographer Derrick Bang, a number of musicians including former bandmates Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly, and Peanuts television co-creator and the man who brought Guaraldi into that project, Lee Mendelson. 

Tuesday 7.18.17

Night Train marks the birthday of jazz-influenced British blues rock and jazz fusion organist Brian Auger with music from across his career in hour one, and a special live performance in hour two of the show.

Plus more from July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith, including a tribute album the organist did to Jimi Hendrix, Organissimo’s new tribute to the Beatles, and the latest from guitarists Steve Khan and former Wichitan Greg Skaff.

Wednesday 7.19.17

Night Train highlights pianists tonight – including a rare track with July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith on piano; new albums from pianists Chick Corea, Hans Ludemann, Yoko Miwa, Spike Wilner, and Mike Longo; and classics from Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Joanne Brackeen and Marian McPartland. Also featured tonight the latest albums from Louis Hayes, the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, the Peter Erskine New Trio and Ben Allison.

Thursday 7.20.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the 70th birthday of Carlos Santana – with some of his Latin jazz fusion work in hour one, and a special, Carlos Santana -Multidimensional Warrior – in hour two of the show. Plus more from July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith, a previously unreleased live performance from Jaco Pastorius, the latest from Ray Mantilla and Oregon, and a couple of little gems in music from Quartet San Francisco and Marc Johnson.

Monday 7.10.17

Night Train kicks off a week-long salute to the NEA Jazz Masters with a special program featuring the 2018 honorees. Each year since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has selected a group of living jazz artists and advocates to honor. They are announced in the summer before and then celebrated with a special tribute concert and more during their fellowship year. The newly named 2018 Masters include guitarist Pat Metheny, singer Dianne Reeves, pianist and composer Joanne Brackeen, and record and concert producer Todd Barkan. Tonight’s Night Train features classic albums, guest appearances, productions and more from all four.

Tuesday 7.11.17

Each year the National Endowment for the Arts picks a group of living jazz artists to honor as NEA Jazz Masters. The honorees for 2017 are singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Dave Holland, pianist Dick Hyman, and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. In a special edition of Night Train tonight as part of NEA Jazz Masters week, music from all four 2017 honorees will be featured  – along with selections from such past NEA Jazz Masters as Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, George Coleman, and Benny Golson.

Wednesday 7.12.17

As part of Night Train’s NEA Jazz Masters Week, a special program tonight devoted to women NEA Jazz Masters. Since 1982 when the NEA program began, over 150 artists have been honored – of them less than two dozen have been women. We’ll highlight music from those honorees – both singers and instrumentalists – including Ella Fitzgerald (the first woman NEA Jazz Master); singers Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Abbey Lincoln, Sarah Vaughan, and Dee Dee Bridgewater; trombonist Melba Liston (one of the first female instrumentalists named a Jazz Master); pianists Carla Bley, Marian McPartland, and newly named 2018 Jazz Master (along with singer Dianne Reeves) Joanne Brackeen; and more.

Thursday 7.13.17

Night Train wraps up its NEA Jazz Masters Week with a program devoted to July featured artist and 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith. With hear music from throughout his career – from one of his earliest Blue Note releases to his last album, Evolution, which marked his return to that famed jazz label. Also guest appearances with Lou Donaldson, George Benson, Javon Jackson and more – and a special in hour two featuring more of his classic tracks and the story behind one of his best known songs, “Move Your Hand.”

Monday 7.3.17

Night Train kicks off the July feature celebrating the 75th birthday of soul jazz organ great and 2017 NEA Jazz Master, Dr. Lonnie Smith, on his actual birthday today. There are also birthday salutes to another fine organist Rhoda Scott, contemporary soul-jazz guitarist Charlie Apicella, and singers Melissa Walker and also the great Johnny Hartman, who will be the subject of a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show.

Tuesday 7.4.17

Night Train steps aside for two holiday specials for the Fourth of July.

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  1. Chick Corea – The Musician (Concord)


  1. Jazzmeia Horn – A Social Call (Concord)
  1. DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield – Hudson (Motema)
  1. Ahmad Jamal – Marseille (Jazz Village)
  1. Kevin Eubanks – East West Time Line (Mack Avenue)
  1. Steve Nelson – Brothers Under the Sun (High Note)
  1. Diana Krall – Turn Up the Quiet (Verve)
  1. Bob Dorough – Live at the Deer Head Inn (Deer Head)
  1. Royce Campbell – Tea for Three (Moon Cycle)
  1. Louis Hayes – Serenade for Horace (Blue Note)
  1. Organissimo – B3tles (Big O)
  1. Jaco Pastorius – Truth, Liberty and Soul (Resonance)
  1. Claire Daly – 2648 West Grand Boulevard (Glass Beach Jazz)
  1. Leigh Pilzer – Strunkin’ (Leigh Pilzer)
  1. Afrobop Alliance Big Band – Revelation (OA2)
  1. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  1. Akiko Tsuruga – So Cute, So Bad (AT Records)
  1. Bobby Watson – Made in America (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Antonio Adolfo – Hybrido (AAM)
  1. Tarik Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)
  1. Mark Murphy – Wild and Free (High Note)
  1. Heads of State – Four in One (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Organic Trio – Saturn’s Spell (Jazz Family)
  1. Steve Davis – Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Charlie Sepulveda – Mr. EP (High Note)
  1. Mads Tolling & the Mads Men – Playing the 60s (Madsman Records)
  1. Ken Fowser – Now Hear This! (Posi-Tone)
  1. Nick Finzer – Hear & Now (Outside In Music)
  1. Carol Morgan Quintet – Post Cool Vol. 1 (Carol Morgan Music)
  1. Cory Weeds & the Jeff Hamilton Trio – Dreamsville (Cellar Live)
  1. Uptown Jazz Tentet – There It Is (Irrabagast)
  1. Mark Winkler – The Company I Keep (Mark Winkler)
  1. Billy Childs – Rebirth (Mack Avenue)
  1. Emmet Cohen – Masters Legacy Sereis Volume 1 (Cellar Live)
  1. Stephane Wrembel – The Django Experiment (Water Is Life)
  1. Pearl Django – With Friends Like These (Modern Hot)
  1. Steve Khan – Backlog (Tone Center)
  1. Ralph Towner – My Foolish Heart (ECM)
  1. Eliane Elias – Dance of Time (Concord)
  1. Christian Sands – Reach (Mack Avenue)

Monday 6.26.17

A trio of birthdays to celebrate tonight on the Night Train – drummer Joey Baron (with Bill Frisell, Steve Kuhn, Enrico Pieranunzi, and John Abercrombie), saxophonist Don Lanphere, and pianist, producer, arranger, film and television score creater, and label cofounder Dave Grusin. Plus vocalese pioneer King Pleasure, and new music from Diana Krall, Louis Hayes (in a tribute to Horace Silver), Chick Corea and more.

Tuesday 6.27.17

Night Train highlights tribute albums (Roseanna Vitro with the music of Clare Fischer, Laurie Antonioli’s celebration of Joni Mitchell, the Classical Jazz Quartet celebrating Bach, 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.

Wednesday 6.28.17

Night Train marks birthdays of composer Richard Rodgers and also of singer Tierney Sutton (doing Richard Rodger songs and also featured in a special in hour two of the show). Plus more music from Dave Lambert (with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) for his centennial birthday, and new music from singer Mark Murphy (a previously unreleased live performance), pianist and composer Antonio Adolfo (with a Brazilian twist on the music of Wayne Shorter), and guitarist Doug MacDonald (with a salute to jazz composers).

Thursday 6.29.17

Night Train highlights some contemporary ‘gypsy jazz’ inspired by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, tonight, including the latest from Pearl Django and Stephane Wrembel, as well as selections from Quartet San Francisco, Tchavolo Schmitt and more. And, to wrap up the Dave Lambert centennial birthday and vocalese feature – solo projects from Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and Annie Ross, who rose to fame as part of the pioneering vocalese combo of Lambert Hendricks and Ross. 

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Monday 6.12.17

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of two great jazz pianists tonight – Chick Corea and Geri Allen. We’ll hear music from Chick’s new album recorded a few years back at his 70th birthday shows, along with music he did with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton and Bela Fleck. Geri Allen appears as a leader and along with Betty Carter, Marian McPartland and Charles Lloyd. Plus new music from pianist Ahmad Jamal, singer Mark Winkler, guitarist Kevin Eubanks and saxophonist Richie Cole.

Tuesday 6.13.17

Monday 6.5.17

Night Train kicks off the June feature celebrating the centennial birthday of Dave Lambert. As part of the famous Lambert, Hendricks & Ross lineup, Lambert helped to shape and popularize vocalese – the art of putting lyrics to jazz instrumentals, particularly famous jazz solos.  Along with music from Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, tonight’s show features vocalese artists Eddie Jefferson (doing the Night Train theme) and Manhattan Transfer. Plus birthday salutes to percussionist, trumpeter, and modern Latin Jazz master Jerry Gonzalez drummer, and to drummer Peter Erskine (from his new Dr. Um album, and performing with Bob Mintzer, Tierney Sutton, John Abercrombie, and with Jaco Pastorius on a new, previously unreleased live album). Night Train also kicks off a week-long salute to this year’s Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, including music this evening from Brian Lunch, Anat Cohen, and Claire Daly.

Tuesday 6.6.17

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Monty Alexander (including an appearance he made at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show) and guitarist Grant Green. Plus more for the June Vocalese feature in honor of Dave Lambert’s centennial birthday – this time from Annie Ross with Gerry Mulligan and as part of the Lambert, Hendricks & Ross lineup. And more Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, as Night Train features them this week, and new music from the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, Doug Munro, and the recently reissued Charlie Parker Concert of the Century tribute from Dizzy Gillespie.

Wednesday 6.7.17

Night Train marks the birthday of guitarist Royce Campbell with music from his new album, Tea for Three, tributes to Henry Mancini and Wes Montgomery and more. Plus more music from the recently named Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, including Gregory Porter, Rene Marie, Kenny Barron, Jack DeJohnette (as part of the new Hudson lineup), Dr. Lonnie Smith and McCoy Tyner. 

Thursday 6.8.17

As part of the June feature celebrating Dave Lambert’s centennial and vocalese, Night Train highlights male jazz vocalists tonight – including vocalese pioneer Jon Hendricks and another vocalese master Mark Murphy, veterans Ernie Andrews and Andy Bey, rising stars Gregory Porter, Allan Harris, and Jose James, and beyond category – Bobby McFerrin.