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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9:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Blue Note Hits & One-Hit Wonders, New Tribute Albums & Billy Drummond’s Birthday

American jazz drummer Billy Drummond

Monday 6.16.14

Night Train starts the week with a show devoted entirely to the June feature marking the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, one of the most respected labels in jazz history. In hour one, it’s music from label hitmaker Horace Silver, organists Jimmy Smith, Big John Patton and Larry Young, singers Van Morrison and Cassandra Wilson, and guitarist Kenny Burrell. Then in hour two a special about the music and history of Blue Note with producer Michael Cuscuna, who played a major role in the revival of the label in later years.

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9:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Birthdays of Cole Porter, Chick Corea, Les Paul, Bernard Purdie and more

American composer and songwriter Cole Porter

Monday 6.9.14

Night Train highlights more music from the Blue Note label to mark the 75th anniversary of the acclaimed jazz label, and marks birthdays of songwriter Cole Porter, guitarist Les Paul, and pianist Kenny Barron (including a performance from Kenny Barron at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show). Plus new music from Rene Marie, Lisa Ferraro, and the High Note Beatles Jazz Tribute compilation.

Tuesday 6.10.14

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10:28 am
Mon June 2, 2014

May Top 40 Recap on the Night Train

May's No.1: Craig Handy and 2nd Line Smith
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NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 May 2014

1.    Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (OKeh)

2.    Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express - Vol. 2: The River Rolls On (Motema)

3.    Tim Hegarty - Tribute (Miles High)

4.    Fareed Haque - Trance Hypothesis (Delmark)

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

6.    Anton Schwartz - Flash Mob (Anton Jazz)

7.    Dave Stryker - Eight Track (Strikezone)

8.    Bruce Barth - Daybreak (Savant)

9.    Catherine Russell - Bring It Back (Jazz Village)

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9:55 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Curtis Mayfield, Oliver Nelson, Peter Erskine birthdays and music from Blue Note

Soul legend Curtis Mayfield

Monday 6.2.14

Night Train travels to the bluesy side of town for music from Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Oz Noy, Ray Bryant, Ruth Brown and more. Plus classic tracks from Fats Waller and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and some great jazz piano from Ahmad Jamal, Cyrus Chestnut, Ray Bryant, and Jodie Christian.

Tuesday 6.3.14

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9:20 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Birthday of Miles Davis + tribute albums and more Scofield and Sun Ra

Jazz legend Miles Davis

Monday 5.26.14

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Peggy Lee and jazz legend Miles Davis (including a special about the making of his classic album, Kind of Blue, in hour two of the show). Plus more from May featured artists John Scofield (including music he did with Miles) and Sun Ra, and new music from guitartists Dave Stryker and Greg Amirault.

Tuesday 5.27.14

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4:58 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Sun Ra Centennial Celebration, a birthday salute to Fats Waller, and more from John Scofield

Monday 5.19.14

Night Train kicks off the week with more music from May featured artists John Scofield and Sun Ra, birthday salutes to saxophonist Sonny Fortune and pianist Allen Farnham, and new music from the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Peter Bernstein and Leslie Pintchik.

Tuesday 5.20.14

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5:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Musical Space: The 100th Anniversary Of Sun Ra's Arrival From Saturn


May 22 of this year is the 100th anniversary of the arrival to this planet of Sun Ra. As a piano player, composer and bandleader Sun Ra’s terrestrial incarnation was one of the true innovators in jazz; a bridge spanning the beginnings of big band jazz to a distant world that only exists now in Afrofuturist science fiction.

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2:52 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

This week birthday celebrations for Stevie Wonder, Red Garland, & Bill Evans, and a Bad Plus Special

Arranger Gil Evans spotlighted in Jazz Profiles Tuesday.
Credit Michael Ochs Archives

Monday 5.12.14

Night Train marks birthdays of bassist Gary Peacock (with music he did with Bill Evans and as part of the Standards Trio with Keith Jarrett & Jack DeJohnette) and pianist Gerry Wiggins. Plus more music from May featured John Scofield and Sun Ra; also one of the 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award winners – Ben Monder; and new music from Pat Metheny, Bob Dorough, and the Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble.

Tuesday 5.13.14

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1:25 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Night Train's April Top 40 Recap

Matt Wilson Quartet John Medeski's Gathering Call
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NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 April 2014
1.    Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski - Gathering Call (Palmetto)
2.    Bruce Barth - Daybreak (Savant)
3.    Jacques Schwarz-Bart - Jazz Racine Haiti (Motema)
4.    Mike Longo - Step On It (CAP)
5.    Catherine Russell - Bring It Back (Jazz Village)
6.    Helen Sung - Anthem for a New Day (Concord)
7.    Alfredo Rodriguez - The Invasion Parade (Mack Avenue)
8.    Dave Stryker - Eight Track (Strikezone)
9.    Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (OKeh)
10.Jane Ira Bloom - Sixteen Sunsets (Outline)

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1:29 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

World Accordion Day & birthday celebrations for Arthur Blythe, Keith Jarrett & Mary Lou Williams

Night Train celebrated World Accordion Day Tuesday along with Global Village and Strange Currency.

Monday 5.5.14

Night Train highlights music from guitarist Bobby Broom, singer Shawnn Monteiro’s tribute to Carmen McRae, the Jazz Soul Seven’s salute to Curtis Mayfield, and drummer and WSU alum Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts lineup - plus classics from Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, and Fats Waller.

Tuesday 5.6.14

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