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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For the most part, music biographies only have so much charm. Many tend to be rather plodding, with dull as dishwater writing to drag things down a bit more. So unless you have a particular interest in the artist, they don't really command much attention. On the other hand, there is a growing body of work that looks at broader questions about contemporary music and (despite an often rather overly 'academic' writing style) leaves readers with much to chew on. This year contributed several interesting new additions to that literature.

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Monday 12.21.15

Lots of seasonal favorites on tap tonight on the Night Train, including some Chipmunk and Charlie Brown Christmas songs, along with holiday music from jazz legend Dave Brubeck, pianist Duke Pearson, Paul Zauner's Christmas All Stars, and singers Betty Carter and Mary Stallings.

Tuesday 12.22.15

After some fairly quiet recent years, this year sees a surprising number of new jazz holiday titles. We’ll feature them throughout this week on the Night Train

Monday 12.14.15

Monday 12.7.15

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. Treasures Project, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton and Chet Baker.

Tuesday 12.8.15

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1.          Andrea Brachfeld – Lotus Blossom (JazzHeads)

2.          Dee Dee Bridgewater - Dee Dee's Feather (OKeh)

3.          John Ellis & Double Wide – Charm (Paradise Light)

4.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

5.          Ron Carter & the WDR Big Band – My Personal Songbook (In + Out)

6.          Ben Patterson – For Once in My Life (Origin)

7.          Houston Person - Something Personal (High Note)

This week on Night Train, we'll look at jazz records in the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame, we'll have birthday salutes to Paul Desmond, Teddy Wilson and more, and we'll continue our celebration of the November featured artist Billy Strayhorn. And here's a bonus--read Chris Heim's book review of Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life edited by A. Alyce Claerbaut and David Schlesinger. Here are the daily details for the week:

As famous as Duke Ellington is (and apparently he isn't to all. In front of the Ellington exhibit at the Smithsonian some years ago, a small child asked who he was. Her mother muttered, "I don't know, some kind of royalty," and hustled her off to a toy exhibit down the hall.), so largely unknown is Billy Strayhorn.

Monday, November 16

More for this month's feature celebrating the music of Billy Strayhorn and newly announced NEA Jazz Masters Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp, plus a few tunes from vocalist and pianist Diana Krall for her birthday.

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Monday 11.9.15

Night Train highlights some jazz trombones – including trombone great J.J. Johnson, and new releases from trombonists Michael Dease, Wayne Wallace, and the Band of Bones.