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 1.11.16

Night Train celebrates the birthday of Laurens Hammond – the inventor of the Hammond organ – with a program devoted to some great jazz organ sounds – from classic records from Charles Earland and Jimmy Smith, to new releases from Joey DeFrancesco, OJT, Michael Kocour and Joey DeFrancesco, along with 2015 show favorites (the Night Train January feature) Mike LeDonne, Ben Paterson, Dave Stryker, and John Ellis & Double Wide.

Tuesday 1.12.16

Monday 1.4.16

Night Train kicks off the January feature – highlighting the Best of 2015 – with music from flutist Andrea Brachfeld, Stanley Clark/Bireli Lagrene/Jean Luc Ponty, and from the Christian McBride Trio (a Night Train favorite and also a winner in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll, in which Night Train also participated – see the Best of the Year lists on our website for all the show favorites and a link to NPR Jazz Critics Poll).

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1.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

2.          Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - Live in Cuba (Blue Engine)

3.          Band of Bones - Stomp! (Dave Chamberlain)

4.          Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields (Artist Share)

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

6.          Oran Etkin - What's New (Motema)

7.          Andrea Brachfeld – Lotus Blossom (JazzHeads)

8.          Fred Hersch – Solo (Palmetto)

Monday 12.28.15

Night Train celebrates a long list of birthdays tonight – including guitarist Joe Cohn, drummer Ed Thigpen, keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith, saxophonist Ted Nash, and pianists Michel Petrucciani and Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines. Plus new music from WSU Jazz Guitar professor William Flynn, flutist Andrea Brachfeld, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band and more.

Tuesday 12.29.15

Pessimists may say jazz is losing ground, but certainly not in terms of artistic vibrancy, diversity, and sheer beauty. This year's releases offered a host of different influences: mainstream, adventurous, soul and funk and second line inspired, classically rooted, world music based, creative approaches to big band, even a project inspired by Finnish folk songs. But far and away the most amazing album of the year came from Maria Schneider.

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)