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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1:20 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Night Train features Wichita Jazz Festival performers past and present, focus on percussionists

Local favorite Matt Wilson featured Tuesday on Night Train.

Night Train, April 21-24, 2014:

This week on Night Train, we're playing current and former Wichita Jazz Festival performers with a focus on drummers and percussionists who've played the festival. Tune in for two of this year's headliners, Matt Wilson of the Matt Wilson Quartet (pictured), Allison Miller, the Nat Adderly Quintet, Chick Corea & Bela Fleck, Bobby McFerrin and more.

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3:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Mid-Century Jazz: esteemed big band and solo acts on Night Train this week

Bud Shank's big band featured Thursday
Credit Homer D. Clark

Monday, April 14: We'll hear from Gill Evans and his Orchestra, Jack Sheldon, Ahmad Jamal, and the Heath Brothers.

Tuesday, April 15: Featured: Miles Davis, Red Holloway, The Bill Holman Big Band and Freddie Hubbard.

Wednesday, April 16: Teddy Edwards, Bill Evans, J. J. Johnson, and Lou Donaldson.

Thursday, April 17: We wrap up what ended up being mid-century-jazz week with Ray Brown, The Bud Shank Big Band, Ahmad Jamal and the Bob Florence Limited Edition Big Band.

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3:14 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Night Train spotlights 'Big Beat' percussionists, vocalist Carmen McRae and new Nightcrawlers

Jazz organ pioneer Reuben Wilson turns 79 Wednesday. He'll be featured alongside some of April's Big Beat artists.
Credit Movin' On album cover art

Monday 4.7.14

Night Train marks birthdays of Latin jazz percussion master Mongo Santamaria, drummer Pete La Roca, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and legendary singer Billie Holiday, including a Jazz Profiles special about the life and music of Holiday in hour two of the show. Plus new music from Cuban-born pianist and composer Alfredo Rodriguez, and an intriguing blend of jazz and Haitian music from Jacques Schwarz-Bart.

Tuesday 4.8.14

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1:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

No. 1 on Night Train last month: Featured artist Pat Metheny

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NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 March 2014

1.    Pat Metheny Unity Group - Kin (Nonesuch). Night Train featured Metheny last month - read more about the artist, listen and watch a couple live performances here.

2.    Sheryl Bailey - A Meeting of Minds (Cellar Live)

3.    Stacey Kent - The Changing Lights (Warner Bros.)

4.    Harold Mabern - Right on Time (Smoke Sessions)

5.    Dave Stryker - Eight Track (Strikezone)

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5:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Night Train starts its month-long Big Beat salute to jazz drummers

Babatunde Lea, one of April's Big Beat featured percussionists
Credit Andrea Canter - JazzINK

Monday 3.31.14

Night Train wraps up the March Pat Metheny feature with music from a guest appearance he made with bassist Marc Johnson, from the Question & Answer album with Dave Holland and Roy Haynes, and from his new Unity Group album, Kin. Plus a birthday salute to vibes pioneer Red Norvo, including a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show.

Tuesday 4.1.14

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3:13 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

A showcase of jazz pianists, more from March featured artist Pat Metheny

Tuesday: Bruce Barth is among the featured jazz pianists' who have new releases.

Monday 3.24.14

Night Train marks birthdays of vocalese pioneer King Pleasure, Oregon co-founder Paul McCandless, and pianists Steve Kuhn and Renee Rosnes (including a special in hour two featuring Rosnes along with husband Bill Charlap at the Savannah Music Festival). Plus a new Beatles jazz compilation, the latest from soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, and more from March featured artist Pat Metheny – from his solo album, One Quiet Night.

Tuesday 3.25.14

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9:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Birthdays and more from March feature on Night Train

Bill Frisell

Monday 3.17.14

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some jazzy green things. We also mark birthdays of the legendary Nat Cole, organist Ron Oswanski, and pianist Jessica Williams, and highlight more from March featured artist, Pat Metheny, this time with the great jazz drummer Roy Haynes.

Tuesday 3.18.14

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2:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Honoring The Late Paco de Lucia, More From March's Featured Artist: Pat Metheny

Night Train will honor the late Paco de Lucia all this week. The legendary flamenco guitarist passed away at the age of 66 last month.
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Monday, March 10

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1:56 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Night Train's March Featured Artist: Pat Metheny

Metheny on the Dec. 2013 cover of Downbeat magazine
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Pat Metheny is one of those rare artists in jazz who combines the highest level of artistry with a popularity that extends well beyond the usual jazz circles. He is widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation and is known for his technical skill, heartland melodies and adventurous artistry.
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3:44 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

A Mardi Gras Focus on Crescent City Jazz, Featured Artist Pat Metheny

Jazz drummer Jason Marsalis, who turns 37 Tuesday, will be featured on Night Train's Mardi Gras special.
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Monday 3.3.14

Night Train explores some jazz with international influences tonight – including music from Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, African guitarist Lionel Loueke, flamenco-jazz trumpeter Greg Duncan, the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet and the Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. Plus, some “good vibes” from vibraphonists Gary Burton, Joe Locke, Stefon Harris and Christian Tamburr.

Tuesday 3.4.14

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