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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9:20 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
Credit Album cover art

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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1:50 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Night Train starts May's feature, double bill of John Scofield + the Sun Ra Centennial

Thursday, we honor late jazz vocalist and pianist, Shirley Horn.
Credit Skip Bolen

Monday 4.28.14

Night Train starts the week with more great jazz percussionists – this time, Joe Morello (who worked with both Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland) and the legendary Roy Haynes – new music from Mike Longo, Antonio Adolf,  and Catherine Russell - and birthday salutes to guitarist Steve Khan, Latin jazz pioneer Mario Bauza, and singer and pianist Blossom Dearie, including a special devoted to her work in hour two of the show.

Tuesday 4.29.14

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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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