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 10.30.17

Night Train wraps up the October Centennial Birthday feature for Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie with music from both and a special in hour two featuring Monk biographer Robin Kelley. Highlights include a Latin jazz classic and a recent concert release from Dizzy Gillespie, plus music from It’s Monk’s Time and a cover of his classic “Pannonica” from a new album from trombonist Roswell Rudd.

Tuesday 10.31.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency for a full evening of music tricks and treats. Some scary sounds in store tonight from Cassandra Wilson, Philly Joe Jones, Bill Frisell, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong and more.

Wednesday 11.1.17

Night Train kicks off the November “Cool Jazz Singers” feature with music from June Christy and features birthday salutes to singer Carmen Lundy, trombonist Conrad Herwig, and pianist and arranger Roger Kellaway. Plus a belated birthday tribute to Illinois Jacquet, who was born on Halloween.

Thursday 11.2.17

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Kurt Elling (with his appearance on the new album, The Passion of Charlie Parker), pianist Frank Kimbrough (with his appearance on the new album from long-time musical partner, bassist Ben Allison), and legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods (with Thelonious Monk, on a newly released live performance with Bob Lark, and in a archival Piano Jazz special in hour two of the show).

Monday 10.16.17

Night Train marks birthdays of trumpeter Roy Hargrove, trombonist Ray Anderson, and drummer Mark Walker. Plus more music from October featured artists Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie – including from Monk’s son T.S. Monk and from the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Allstar – and the latest from the Bill Charlap Trio, Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition, Dave Strkyer and more.

Tuesday 10.17.17

Night Train marks marks the birthday of bebop guitarist Barney Kessel, guitarist Howard Alden (with covers of compositions from Thelonious Monk, one of Night Train’s October featured artists), and drummer Cozy Cole (with Dizzy Gillespie, the other October featured artist). Plus a special in hour two exploring the birth of bebop through the early work of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, and new releases from guitarists Russell Malone and Andrew Scott.

Wednesday 10.18.17

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Anita O’Day, bassist/singer/composer Esperanza Spalding, drummer Bill Stewart, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (including a special with Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in hour two of the show).  Plus more from October featured artists Dizzy Gillespie (including a live set with Wynton Marsalis as a special guest) and Thelonious Monk (including music from his debut album on Columbia Records, his most successful release and the album that led to his appearance on the cover of Time Magazine. (Only a handful of jazz artists have been featured on Time – Wynton Marsalis was another.)

Thursday 10.19.17

Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday is this Saturday and in honor of the occasion Night Train devotes tonight’s entire show to music from the legendary trumpeter, composer, and pioneer of bebop, Latin and world jazz. Among the highlights - early bebop classics, some of his Afro-Cuban and world jazz efforts, and a later album with Count Basie Plus a special in hour two chronicling his pivotal work in the 1940s, especially the pioneering big bands he put together during that time.

Monday 10.9.17

Night Train picks up where Global Village left off tonight – with music from a number of jazz artists born on this date who incorporated world influences in their music, including South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, Cuban pianists (also father and son) Bebo and Chucho Valdes, vibes player Dave Samuels, and multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef. Plus more music from October featured artists Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, and a number of new jazz piano albums – from the Bill Charlap Trio, Harold Mabern, Tarek Yamani, and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s tribute to a century of jazz piano.

Tuesday 10.10.17

Today is the centennial birthday of October featured artist Thelonious Monk and Night Train devotes the entire show to his music, including some of his first recorded work on the Blue Note label, classic albums and compositions, and covers of his songs from Arthur Blythe, the Monk tribute band Sphere, Carmen McRae, Larry Coryell, and from a forthcoming Monk tribute album from pianist Joey Alexander.

Wednesday 10.11.17

Night Train marks birthdays of two legendary jazz drummers – Art Blakey and Billy Higgins – with music they did with and by October featured artists Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Blakey was featured with Monk on his very first recordings on the Blue Note label, and on the classic Monk’s Music album, just to name two. Higgins recorded Monk and Gillespie compositions with Grant Green, Charles Lloyd, Charlie Haden and Steve Lacy.  Also on tap tonight, new music from the Bill Charlap Trio, Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Tardo Hammer Trio (doing a Monk tune) and the Mike Longo Trio (with a Dizzy Gillespie classic).

Thursday 10.12.17

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Ed Cherry (long time member of Dizzy Gillespie bands), saxophonist Harry Allen, and organist Mel Rhyne (best known for his work with Wes Montgomery). Plus more music from October featured artists Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk for their centennial birthdays, and new music from Ben Allison, Hudson (with Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier,  John Medeski, and John Scofield), Jacques Lesure, and John Beasley’s Monk’estra.

  1.  Cecile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)


Monday 9.25.17

Great guitars and tribute albums are featured tonight on the Night Train, including music from Pat Metheny, John Scofield’s collaboration with saxophonist Eddie Harris, guitar legend Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton with Wynton Marsalis, and the Deep Blue Organ Trio with guitarist Bobby Broom. Plus Swingadelic’s salute to Duke Pearson, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Billie Holiday, Bill Frisell’s collection of songs from John Lennon, Alan Pasqua doing music of Bill Evans, and Conrad Herwig showcasing the “Latin Side of Herbie Hancock.”

Tuesday 9.26.17

Night Train heads to the West Coast for some classic and contemporary sounds from that part of the country. Among the artists featured – Charles Brown, Art Pepper, the L.A. Treasure Project, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton and Chet Baker.

Wednesday 9.27.17

Night Train highlights jazz legends and classic recordings tonight – including music from Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, John Coltrane (with Thelonious Monk and from A Love Supreme), tenor sax legend Coleman Hawkins, Erroll Garner’s classic Concert by the Sea album, legendary bassist Ron Carter, and the Montgomery Brothers (Wes, Buddy, and Monk).

Thursday 9.28.17

Night Train wraps up the September Classical Music Month/Jazz Meets Classical feature with a program featuring jazz reinterpretations of classical compositions. We’ll highlight works from Bach, Borodin, Mussagorsky, Ravel and more, reimagined by Jacques Loussier, Dave Brubeck, Eddie Daniels, Jim Hall, Tessa Souter and more.

Monday 9.18.17

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Emily Remler and trombonist John Fedchock; continues with the September Jazz Meets Classical feature for Classical Music Month with music from Hank Jones, Joe Zawinul and a special with Third Stream pioneer Gunther Schuller; and highlights new music from Ahmad Jamal, the Christian McBride Big Band, Louis Hayes and George Freeman.

Tuesday 9.19.17

Night Train continues its September salute to Classical Music Month with some suites – from Duke Ellington, Charlie Byrd, Wynton Marsalis and Claude Bolling. Plus new music from guitarists Russell Malone and Amanda Monaco, flutist Gerald Beckett,  saxophonist Jeff Coffin (from the Dave Matthews Band) and trumpeter Farnell  Newton.

Wednesday 9.20.17

Lots of clarinets tonight on the Night Train, with music from bebop clarinet pioneer Buddy DeFranco,  trad player Dr. Michael White, and such contemporary artists as Anat Cohn, Ken Peplowski and David Murray. Night Train also continues the Jazz Meets Classical/Classical Music Month feature with music from Paquito D’Rivera’s Jazz Meets the Classics album, and the Ted Rosenthal Trio’s remarkable reinvention of “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Thursday 9.21.17

Night Train marks several birthdays tonight – including acclaimed Wichita jazz fusion guitar pioneer Jerry Hahn, chamber jazz pioneer Chico Hamilton, Crescent City pianist Henry Butler, and bassist Slam Stewart. Plus we continue our Classical Meets Jazz feature and mark Leonard Cohen’s birthday with Rene Marie’s show-stopping medley of Suzanne/Bolero, and highlight new music from Akiko Tsuruga and the Pete Malinverni Trio.

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Monday 9.11.17

Night Train highlights some string things tonight – violinists, string ensembles, and string quartet and orchestra accompaniment with jazz artists, including a number of classically influenced pieces for the September Classical Meets Jazz/Classical Music Month feature.  Among the artists featured are Stan Getz (from the famous Focus album), Cecile McLorin Salvant (whose new album includes several pieces with string quartet), Quartet Indigo, Chick Corea with the Harlem String Quartet, Regina Carter (from her Paganini album), the Turtle Island String Quartet, and the Modern Jazz Quartet and Martin Wind, both with symphony orchestras.

Tuesday 9.12.17

There’s quite a long list of impressive jazz artists born on this date and Night Train features music from all of them this evening – trombonist and Saturday Night Live Band member Steve Turre, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton (including music from her new album of original compositions, Speechless), saxophonist Scott Hamilton, and organist Papa John DeFrancesco (and music as well from both of his sons, Joey and Johnny DeFrancesco).

Also the Night Train feature for Classical Music Month continues with two new releases, the VEIN Trio playing music of Ravel, and Third Stream pioneer Ran Blake teamed up with singer Dominique Eade.

Wednesday 9.13.17

Night Train marks birthdays of R&B pianist and singer Charles Brown and also critic and songwriter Leonard Feather. We’ll hear later and classic tracks from Brown, and Feather’s songs performed by Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, along with music from his daughter Lorraine Feather. Plus new music from Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Wynton Kelly Trio, and Tom Rizzo – and for the Classical Meets Jazz/Classical Music Month feature, music of Satie from Dan Willis & Velvet Gentlemen, and a special featuring pianist Aaron Diehl in a tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Thursday 9.14.17

With Hispanic Heritage Month beginning tomorrow, Night Train offers a program featuring Latin jazz tonight, including music from Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Michael Spiro & Wayne Wallace, Arturo Sandoval, Bill O’Connell, Gabriel Alegria, Trio da Paz, and David Sanchez. We’ll also continue our Classical Meets Jazz feature for Classical Music Month with selections from Charlie Haden, Jeremy Pelt and Maureen Choi.

KMUW Music is celebrating Brazilian Independence Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency, and Night Train on Thursday, September 7 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Monday 9.4.17

Night Train takes a night off its labors for Labor Day, but join us instead for two specials that explore the work song in jazz and popular music and songs about working tonight from 10 until midnight.

Tuesday 9.5.17

Night Train celebrates Classical Music Month throughout September with a wide array of artists and recordings inspired by both jazz and classical music. To kick off  the feature, tonight’s show is devoted to these classical and jazz meetings, including jazz reinterpretations of Debussy, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Bach, and jazz artists performing with classical ensembles. Artists featured include Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea with the Harlem String Quartet, Paquito D’Rivera with Quinteto Cimarron, Art Tatum and Cyrus Chestnut,.

Wednesday 9.6.17

Night Train celebrates the birthday of British jazz singer Claire Martin; continues its Classical Music Month feature with classically inspired pieces from Duke Ellington, Charles Lloyd, the Peter Erskine New Trio and the Classical Jazz Quartet; and highlights new music from Hudson, the Yoko Miwa Trio, Terell Stafford, and the Spike Wilner Trio.

Thursday 9.7.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with a show devoted to Brazilian jazz. We’ll hear classic compositions, new music, and pieces given a Brazilian twist. Among the artists featured on the show are Mark Murphy with a Jobim classic, Charlie Byrd with a classically inspired rendition of a Jobim piece (for the September Classical Music Month feature), Brazilian pianist and singer Eliane Elias with an album done in Brazil, and a new album from John Pizzarelli marking the 50th anniversary of a recording that featured Frank Sinatra and Jobim.

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  1. Dejohnette, Goldings, Medeski, Scofield – Hudson (Motema)
  1. Peter Erskine New Trio – In Praise of Shadows (Fuzzy Music)
  1. Ben Allison – Layers of the City (Sonic Camera)
  1. Louis Hayes – Serenade for Horace (Blue Note)
  1. Ahmad Jamal – Marseille (Jazz Village)
  1. Chick Corea – The Musician (Concord)
  1. Akiko Tsuruga – So Cute, So Bad (AT Records)
  1. Jaco Pastorius – Truth, Liberty and Soul (Resonance)
  1. Katie Thiroux – Off Beat (Capri)
  1. Akiko Tsuruga – So Cute, So Bad (AT)
  1. Audrey Ochoa Trio – After Thought (Chronograph)
  1. Mike Longo Trio – Only Time Will Tell (CAP)
  1. Harold Mabern – To Love and Be Loved (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Steve Nelson – Brothers Under the Sun (High Note)
  1. Cory Weeds & the Jeff Hamilton Trio – Dreamsville (Cellar Live)
  1. Bill Cunliffe – BACHanalia (Metro)
  1. Pete Malinverni Trio – Heaven (Saranac)
  1. Jazzmeia Horn – A Social Call (Concord)
  1. Bill O’Connell – Monk’s Cha Cha (Savant)
  1. Oregon – Lantern (Cam Jazz)
  1. Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano – Compassion (Resonance)
  1. Russell Malone – Time for the Dancers (High Note)
  1. Bria Skonberg – With a Twist (OKeh)
  1. Barbara Morrison – I Wanna Be Loved (Savant)
  1. New Vision Sax Ensemble – Musical Journey Through Time (Zaki)
  1. Terry Gibbs – 92 Years Young (Whaling City Sound)
  1. Mark Murphy – Wild and Free (High Note)
  1. Afrobop Alliance Big Band – Revelation (OA2)
  1. Bobby Watson – Made in America (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Various – The Passion of Charlie Parker (Impulse)
  1. Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet – Thick as Thieves (Jazzed Media)
  1. Tardo Hammer trio – Swinging on a Star (Cellar Live)
  1. Christian Sands – Reach (Mack Avenue)
  1. Billy Childs – Rebirth (Mack Avenue)
  1. John Pizzarelli – Sinatra and Jobim at 50 (Concord)
  1. Stanton Moore – With You in Mind (Cool Green)
  1. Steve Davis – Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Mark Winkler – The Company I Keep (Mark Winkler)
  1. Spike Wilner Trio – Odalisque (Cellar Live)
  1. Leigh Pilzer – Strunkin’ (Leigh Pilzer)