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 9.29.14

Night Train marks birthdays of violinist Jean-Luc Ponty (with music he did with Frank Zappa and as a leader) and pianist David Kikoski (as part of the BeatleJazz lineup, and with Pat Martino). Plus more from September featured artist Jane Bunnett - and we team up with Global Village and Strange Currency to serve up some java jive for International Coffee Day.

Tuesday 9.30.14

Monday 9.22.14

Tonight on the Night Train, it’s ‘new standards’ – contemporary songs in a jazz setting – from Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Lloyd, the World Saxophone Quartet, Brian Ho, and the Jazz Soul Seven with jazz versions of music from Jimi Hendrix, Nick Drake, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Amy Winehouse, Curtis Mayfield, Johnny Cash and more.

Tuesday 9.23.14

Monday 9.1.14

Night Train marks Labor Day with some jazz songs about work; celebrates birthdays of pianist Gene Harris, keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, singer Terri Thornton, and saxophonist Art Pepper; and kicks off a new month’s feature of music from soprano sax and flute player and explorer of a wide range of Cuban jazz, Jane Bunnett. Plus, a Labor Day special in hour two of the show highlighting Popular Songs on the Picket Line.

Global Village and Strange Currency also feature music for Labor Day tonight.

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Night Train - Top 40 August 2014

1. Mike LeDonne - I Love Music (Savant)

2. Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart - Ramshackle Serenade (Pirouet)

3. Steve Khan - Subtext (Tone Center)

4. Bob Stewart - Connections: Mind the Gap (Sunnyside

5. Jane Bunnett - Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (Justin Time)

6. Bobby Hutcherson - Enjoy the View (Blue Note)

7. Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden - Last Dance (ECM)

Monday 8.25.14

Night Train marks birthdays of tenor sax legend Wayne Shorter, guitar great Pat Martino, and bassist Charles Fambrough. Tonight also begins a week of Newport Jazz Festival concert specials to conclude the August feature celebrating the 60th anniversary of the ‘granddaddy of all jazz fests.’ This evening features the iconoclastic young ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killing.

Tuesday 8.26.14

Monday 8.18.14

Night Train continues with more music in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival with music from the Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, Gregory Porter – who appeared at this year’s festival, and a live performance in hour two of the show from another of the stars of this year’s Newport, singer Cecile McLorin Salvant. Plus birthday salutes to pianist Adam Makowicz and guitarist Ed Laub – and new music from Dee Alexander and the Band of Bones.

Tuesday 8.19.14

Monday 8.11.14

Night Train celebrates the birthday of Pittsburgh soul jazz organist Bill Heid; begins a week-long salute to pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. who passed away last week; and continues a month-long celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival’s 60th anniversary – this time with music from vibes star Warren Wolf, who performed at this year’s festival, and in hour two, a performance from organist Joey DeFrancesco at Newport.

Tuesday 8.12.14

NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 July 2014

1.    Fred Hersch Trio - Floating (Palmetto)

2.    Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden - Last Dance (ECM)

3.    Charlie Apicella & Iron City - Big Boss (Zoho)

4.    Bobby Hutcherson - Enjoy the View (Blue Note)

5.    Everette DeVan - For the Love of You (Henry)

6.    Steve Khan - Subtext (Tone Center)

7.    Elio Villafranca - Caribbean Tinge (Motema)

8.    Band of Bones - Caravan (Dave Chamberlain)

9.    Holly Hofmann - Low Life (Capri)

Monday 8.4.14

Two special hours tonight on the Night Train. In hour one, it’s a tribute to legendary New Orleans drummer Idris Muhammad, who appeared on hundreds of recordings and was one of the most sampled drummers in jazz. We’ll hear him as a leader, and performing with Ahmad Jamal, Charles Earland, John Hicks, Pharoah Sanders with Leon Thomas, and Randy Weston.

Monday  7.28.14

Night Train marks birthdays of trombonist and producer Delfeayo Marsalis, singer Nnenna Freelon, and vibes player Tommy Kesecker. Plus more music from Prestige – this time from saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins, soul jazz organist Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes, and pianist Red Garland – plus new music from David Fathead Newman with the Tilden Webb Trio, Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones, the Fred Hersch Trio, and the Ted Rosenthal Trio with a tribute to Gershwin.

Tuesday 7.29.14