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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8:27 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Night Train Top 40 Albums For July 2014

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)

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9:03 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Tribute To Drummer Idris Muhammad, Birthdays Of Charlie Haden, Louis Armstrong & More

Idris Muhammad, one of the most sampled drummers in jazz

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.

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9:21 am
Mon July 28, 2014

A Final Week Of Music On Prestige Plus Birthdays Of Delfeayo Marsalis, Kevin Mahogany And More

Jazz trombonist and record producer Delfeayo Marsalis

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

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9:13 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Al DiMeola, Sonny Clark, Janis Siegel & The First Record On Prestige

Celebrate the birthday of American jazz pianist Sonny Clark

Monday  7.21.14

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Sonny Clark and singer Helen Merrill; highlights new music from Fareed Haque and Chris Parker, along with a new reissue of the music of Morricone from Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Baron & Marc Johnson; and features music from Charlie Haden’s Grammy-winning Nocturne album and, in hour two of the show, a special with Charlie Haden in a live performance with  Paul Bley.

Global Village will be featuring the world music side of Charlie Haden on tonight’s show.

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9:08 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Bastille Day, Charlie Haden Tribute, Prestige 65th & Jazz Birthdays On The Night Train

Guitarist Django Reinhardt co-founded the jazz group Hot Club of France in 1934.

Monday  7.14.14

SPECIAL: Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Bastille Day, the French National Holiday, with music from a wide range of French jazz artists, along with music inspired by and recorded in France.

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11:18 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Birthdays of Louis Jordan, Joe Zawinul, Bela Fleck and hard bop masters Lee Morgan & Hank Mobley

Night Train gives a birthday salute to blues great Louis Jordan

Monday  7.7.14

Night Train marks birthdays of jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul, hard bop tenor master Hank Mobley, and Prestige recording artist, guitarist Tiny Grimes. The July Prestige feature continues in hour two with a Jazz Profiles special devoted to one of the giants of the label, Gene Ammons. Plus new music from pianist Fred Hersch, guitarist Steve Khan, and a newly released concert set featuring David ‘Fathead’ Newman.

Tuesday  7.8.14

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1:27 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Night Train Top 40 Albums of June 2014

NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 June  2014

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

2.    Leslie Pintchik - In the Nature of Things (Pintch Hard)

3.    Charlie Denard - From Brazil to New Orleans (Charlie Denard)

4.    Helge Lien Trio - Badgers and Other Beings (Ozella)

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

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

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9:27 am
Mon June 30, 2014

July Feature for Prestige Records’ 65th, Ahmad Jamal’s Birthday & the New NEA Jazz Masters

American jazz artist Ahmad Jamal

Monday 6.30.14

Night Train wraps up the June Blue Note feature, including music from one of the label’s most adventurous artists – pianist and composer Andrew Hill, who was born on this date. In hour two of the show, it’s a special encore presentation of Piano Jazz with Andrew Hill as the featured guest. Night Train also kicks off a weeklong salute to the newly named 2015 NEA Jazz Masters with music from George Coleman and highlights new music from the Roberto Magris Septet and Chris Parker.

Tuesday 7.1.14

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8:46 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Remembering Horace Silver & Birthday Celebrations for Joe Chambers, Reggie Workman and Joey Baron

Legendary jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver

Monday 6.23.14

In a special edition of the show, Night Train pays tribute to legendary jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver, who passed away last week at the age of 85. In hour one of the show, music from throughout Horace Silver’s long career and covers of some of his classic songs.

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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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